Nutrition Facts

This is a typical nutrition label that we see on products in supermarket. Such labels are also commonly seen in Vitamin, Multivitamins and Mineral supplements. The amount of each vitamin and mineral have to be clearly indicated as too much of each can cause toxicity.

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It is not difficult to overdose on vitamins. Take for example Vitamin C. Most of the products in the supermarket have added vitamin C in them. From juices to cereals. It is cheap, to start with, and adding them to products will help them to give the food a longer shelf life.

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a packet of apple juice
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a loaf of bread

As can be seen from the following image, per RDA recommendation, we just need 75mg to 90mg of vitamin C a day. But Vitamin C Supplements in the market provide a way too high 1000mg a day!

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Example of Vitamin C Supplement with 1000mg per serving
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This is how one can easily overdose on vitamins if they do not check the labels. Some may argue that Vitamin C is water-soluble, it will not be stored in the body, and there should not be any concern. What sounds right in theory can sometimes be proven otherwise.

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https://www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/newsreleases/0150#:~:text=Taking%20high%20doses%20of%20vitamin,family%20history%20of%20these%20stones.
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High-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones in men

Wholefood

How about when you buy a bundle of carrots, greens, or oranges? Do you see they come with nutrition facts? Of course we don’t. Because they are not a singly isolated and concentrated nutrient or mineral, they are unlikely to cause any toxicity. Another reason why it may be difficult to put any labelling is because a whole food contains simply too many nutrients, not just vitamins and minerals.

Plants created by Mother Nature have perfect combo of nutrients, perfect amounts of nutrients and perfect balance of nutrients!

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