The truth about Emergen-C Packets

The other night I ran into walmart to pick out some vitamin C pills and was shocked.  I have never read the back of an emergen-c packet ingredient list before.  Emergen-c contains "natural flavors", which pretty much means the company can sneak in MSG without labeling it.  Also one of the ingredients I was shocked to find was maltodextrin, a GMO (genetically modified organism).  If a food says it contains maltodextrin then chances are it isn't organic and has been genetically modified, it is in the same category as high fructose corn syrup.  You need to always read the ingredients on vitamins to make sure you are getting the nutrients without the additives.   They have a lot of questionable ingredients.  I definitely won't be buying emergen-c anytime soon.

Here is an ingredient list for Emergen-C

INGREDIENTS:
Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Sodium, Potassium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Quercetin, fructose, citric acid, natural flavor, tapioca maltodextrin, malic acid, silica, glycine, aspartic acid, tartaric acid, and cysteine hydrochloride.

Don't get too sad, there are better options!

This is what I started taking.

Garden of Life raw vitamin C
All of the ingredients are whole foods plant based and are 100% organic.
I got mine on sale at sprouts for $12


Here is the ingredients list for Garden of LIfe raw vitamin C:
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin C*300 mg500%
Raw Probiotic and Enzyme Blend
Saccharomyces boulardii, Phytase, Beta-glucanase, Alpha-galactosidase, Hemicellulase, Cellulase
100 mg+
RAW Organic Fruit and Vegetable Blend
Organic Strawberry (fruit), Organic Cherry (fruit), Organic Blackberry (fruit), Organic Blueberry (fruit), Organic Raspberry (fruit), Organic Beet Juice (root), Organic Carrot Juice (root), Organic Spinach Juice (leaf), Organic Broccoli Juice (flower & stem), Organic Tomato Juice (fruit), Organic Kale Juice (leaf), Organic Red Cabbage Juice (leaf), Organic Parsley Juice (leaf), Organic Brussels Sprout Juice (leaf), Organic Green Bell Pepper Juice (fruit), Organic Cucumber Juice, Organic Celery Juice (stalk), Organic Garlic Juice (bulb), Organic Ginger Juice (root), Organic Green Onion Juice (root), Organic Cauliflower Juice (flower & stem), Organic Asparagus Juice (flower & stem).
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Rounded Teaspoon (4 g)
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories5
Total Carbohydrate2 g< 1 %†
Vitamin C (from organic acerola [fruit], organic goji [fruit], organic kiwi [fruit], organic amla [fruit]500 mg833%
To know whether a food has been genetically modified you can look at this LIST of ingredients.  If a food has this on its label it has most likely been genetically modified. 


Here is another option


Alive Vitamin C
For this you add a teaspoon to water and drink it.  I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon.




These are all the pills I am taking:


Garden of life raw prenatal vitamin




Garden of life oceans 3 for omega-3


Garden of life raw vitamin C









12 comments:

  1. Per Emergen-C's FAQ's page, they do not use MSG or GMO's, I certainly hope they're not blatantly lying to their customers...
    http://www.emergenc.com/index.php/misc/faq

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    1. This is not true. This statement is taken straight from their website: "We have chosen to source materials that are non-GMO whenever possible. That being said, we cannot guarantee that all of our raw materials are sourced from non-GMO ingredients and do not currently have this requirement in place for our vendors."

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    2. Dude are you kidding me? I started having an asthmatic attack...which I rarely get as I watch what I eat...but I had some packet of this stuff left over and thought I'd just "finish it off" before I purchased another product. Have you even looked at the list of ingredients in this (and I'll put it as nicely as I can) CRAP!?! Apparently NOT!
      Ingredients: Fructose, CITRIC ACID, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, "NATURAL FLAVORS"...whoa..what the heck does THAT mean??, MALIC ACID, SILICA, GLYCERINE???, ASPARTIC ACID, TARTIC ACID, and CYSTEINEHYDROCHLORIDE!!!! The reason most of use tak Vitamin C is for it's anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body...this is NOT what your getting with this stuff! It pushed me into an INFLAMMATORY/ALLERGIC STATE! And I am pissed! Throw this crap away in the garbage...this company is only out to get you hooked on their product and has no applied knowledge as to the good or bad of what they are providing...IT IS A JUNK FOOD OF VITAMINS! A complete farce!

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  2. Emergen C has Aspartame (aspartic acid) in it and Aspartame has many BAD side effects.....read about it. And I LOVED Emergen C.....I was even getting my grandkids to drink it.....not anymore :(

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    1. Aspartame is not the same as aspartic acid. Aspartic acid is an amino acid produced by the body during peptide synthesis. I do not drink aspartame but I take emergen c every morning

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    2. You might want to reconsider your daily intake of this junk food of the vitamin world...look up the ingredients and google them...NOT GOOD!!
      .PRO-INFLAMMATORY

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  3. lifenotlabs.com offers a completely natural vitamin source alternative. For example C comes from Acerola and Iodine comes from Kelp. Tastes great!

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  4. first 3 ingredients? Processed sugar!!! That's all it is!

    Direct from their web site:

    Fructose, Malic Acid, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid. Contains <2% of: Acacia, Caramel Color, Fruit & Veggie Juice Concentrates (Beet, Cherry, Raspberry) (color and/or flavor), Glycine, L-Aspartic Acid, Natural Flavors, Silicon Dioxide, Stevia Leaf Extract, Sugar, Tartaric Acid, Tocopherols (to preserve freshness).

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  5. Due, 8 months ago, to a newly found severe reaction to nonsoluble gum notably carrageenan/ xanthum gums/possibly guar, acacia , chicory...am trying to eat without those in a process of elimination, slow due to severity of reaction to an unknown....I often encounter an unlabeled additive but only a spoonful at a time for reaction check, it takes so little...the labels do not show gums if less than 2% thanks to FDA "exception" for additives...I called the Mfg of EmergenC and after about 20 minutes of deflection regarding labeling, the service lady went to ask at the chem lab....came back to tell me gum additive was ingredient in all flavors but Tangerine...that flavor has not resulted in rapid heart rate, my most unpleasant symptom....nor any lesser others of a typical Vagal (nerve) response....but many gluten free products do have these gums added, most not stated...IBS symptoms are not necessarily due to gluten allergy!!! ...may I suggest my daughter's recommendation of rice milk eggs starch veggies, some fruits but I stick to baby food peaches/ apricots and ground meat too for convenience...boiled or steamed meat,no gluten , caffeine,and NO carrageenan, xanthum gum, locust/acacia gum, guar gum, modified food starch unless identified as corn...note: the mfg will use chemisty names for their lab creations so they are not recognized...but the insolubles originated with ground pine trees and giant kelp...microscopic needles that slip between the gut villi to harm the base tissue... like sewing needles can drop into a shag rug....if this diet I began post my ER-visit had not within 2 days ceased my multi toilet visits and the "panic atacks" I would never have even bothered with this endless game of trying to find something in the grocery and no eating out...home cook with natural meats and vegs...etc etc...but so good to feel free, day after day, of those so called panic attacks...after increasing often daily attacks for several years....the doctors discount it, just want to prescribe pills for heart or "anxiety"....guess what? The druggist told me Rx pills are all containing these gums to fill and stabilize the med in pill form....So I take no meds beyond minimum vitamins/minerals...occ child aspirin, honey for cough!!! Back to the Dark Ages....hope this helps...am RN retired and would have scoffed if I had read my info here just 10 years ago and called me a hypochondriac....

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  6. Due, 8 months ago, to a newly found severe reaction to nonsoluble gum notably carrageenan/ xanthum gums/possibly guar, acacia , chicory...am trying to eat without those in a process of elimination, slow due to severity of reaction to an unknown....I often encounter an unlabeled additive but only a spoonful at a time for reaction check, it takes so little...the labels do not show gums if less than 2% thanks to FDA "exception" for additives...I called the Mfg of EmergenC and after about 20 minutes of deflection regarding labeling, the service lady went to ask at the chem lab....came back to tell me gum additive was ingredient in all flavors but Tangerine...that flavor has not resulted in rapid heart rate, my most unpleasant symptom....nor any lesser others of a typical Vagal (nerve) response....but many gluten free products do have these gums added, most not stated...IBS symptoms are not necessarily due to gluten allergy!!! ...may I suggest my daughter's recommendation of rice milk eggs starch veggies, some fruits but I stick to baby food peaches/ apricots and ground meat too for convenience...boiled or steamed meat,no gluten , caffeine,and NO carrageenan, xanthum gum, locust/acacia gum, guar gum, modified food starch unless identified as corn...note: the mfg will use chemisty names for their lab creations so they are not recognized...but the insolubles originated with ground pine trees and giant kelp...microscopic needles that slip between the gut villi to harm the base tissue... like sewing needles can drop into a shag rug....if this diet I began post my ER-visit had not within 2 days ceased my multi toilet visits and the "panic atacks" I would never have even bothered with this endless game of trying to find something in the grocery and no eating out...home cook with natural meats and vegs...etc etc...but so good to feel free, day after day, of those so called panic attacks...after increasing often daily attacks for several years....the doctors discount it, just want to prescribe pills for heart or "anxiety"....guess what? The druggist told me Rx pills are all containing these gums to fill and stabilize the med in pill form....So I take no meds beyond minimum vitamins/minerals...occ child aspirin, honey for cough!!! Back to the Dark Ages....hope this helps...am RN retired and would have scoffed if I had read my info here just 10 years ago and called me a hypochondriac....

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