Fake News on Vitamins

Here on the internet you can find tons of information about vitamins. Most of the information is reliable but also fake news on vitamins unfortunately finds its way easily to the public. This makes thing confusing. I've picked a few fables about vitamins for you so that you are well informed in case you'd want to purchase supplements.

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new vitamins

New Vitamins

Regularly messages, that mention a new kind of vitamin, pop up. Vitamins which - how could it be otherwise - would be good for your health. Usually these are vitamins B4, B13, B14, B15 and B17, H and P and usually no source of the study is mentioned. This is fake news because it's not about vitamins, but about substances that our body makes sufficiently by itself.

Frozen and canned vegetables contain less vitamins than fresh products.

Fresh vs. Canned vs. Frozen:
Which Is Better?

This question is not so easy to answer. Unless you limit the answer to the difference in vitamin content. In that respect, current technology in the food industry has developed to such an extent that a loss of vitamins can hardly be observed. For example, orange juice is an excellent alternative to a fresh orange. During processing, only a small part of the vitamin C is lost and even after opening, only 2% of the vitamin C is lost per day. Claims that fresh fruit and vegetables contain much more vitamins are therefore fake news.

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synthetic vitamines vs those in food

Synthetic Vitamins vs
Whole Food Vitamins:
Which are Better?

People often ask whether vitamins in supplements (synthetic vitamins) are different from those in food. What they actually want to know is this: "Are vitamins in supplements less well or better absorbed than those in fresh foods?" The answer is: better. Why is that?

Well, in principle synthetic vitamins are identical to those in food. Our body doesn't see any difference between them and makes use of  them in the very same way. There is a difference between synthetic vitamins and those in food though: and that has to everything to do with "availability". You have to know that vitamins in food are linked to other substances. From these substances they must therefore first be detached, in order to be absorbed by the body. You can imagine that in the complicated digestive process, which has many steps, some vitamins are not detached and therefore cannot be used by the body. These vitamins leave the body without having been useful. Synthetic vitamins are not attached to anything. They are simply contained in a capsule or tablet and can be absorbed directly by the body. So the claim that vitamins in food are better than those in supplements is therefore fake news.

Does microwaving food destroy its nutritional content?

Does microwaving food destroy its
nutritional content?

During (traditional) cooking vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid ) and vitamin B9 (folate) are indeed lost. Fortunately not in such large quantities as we think while other nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals are not lost at all in boiling water and/or are even easier to digest.

Nothing indicates that microwave ovens damage nutrients more than traditional cooking methods. In particular, due to the generally shorter cooking time, nutrients in microwave ovens are less severely damaged. An additional advantage of microwave cooking is that the food is equally heated in the middle as well as on the outside. Burnt crusts on the rim and an uncooked middle, often observed in traditional oven cooking -, are therefore not possible in microwave cooking. Furthermore, less water is usually used when cooking in the microwave, which means that less water-soluble vitamins are lost when the food is poured. The claim that cooking in a microwave oven destroys nutrients more than traditional cooking is therefore fake news.

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