Food contains vitamin D despite the ban – warns the consumer center

When shopping at the supermarket, one rarely pays attention to some of the ingredients. However, the Consumer Advisory Board took a closer look at some foods.

Dortmund – Certain ingredients are not only viewed with reluctance by consumers, but also raise alarm among consumer advocates. Because some ingredients are even banned. But as the market inspection by the consumer advisory board showed, not all food manufacturers comply with this.

The Consumer Center reveals: Vitamin D illegally added to food

The so-called Nutri-Score helps consumers recognize which foods are healthy and which are unhealthy. However, the food traffic light cannot show whether products contain prohibited ingredients. The composition of 112 foods was checked in the consumer center test.

The result is sobriety. Because 68 products showed the substance vitamin D, which was added without the necessary approval. Therefore, according to consumer advocates, they should not actually be sold at all.

Among the tested products were well-known brands such as Alpro, Amecke, Rama and Nestlé. Detailed test results can be found on the website of the consumer advisory center.

What is vitamin D good for in the body and when can its excess be harmful?

Vitamin D is a key vitamin for the human body and primarily supports bone maintenance. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) states that humans make vitamin D through sun exposure on their skin. When sunlight is scarce in the winter, the body falls back on the stores it built up in the summer.

If the supply of vitamin D is insufficient, a deficiency can result. This can have a detrimental effect on bone structure and other physical consequences. However, consumers should not immediately reach for food supplements, as excess vitamin D can also have a harmful effect on health.

The Consumer Center Reveals: Too much vitamin D can have serious consequences

That is why the result of the market research is so alarming. In Germany, only products such as margarine and spreadable fat can be fortified with vitamin D. There is also a special permit for mushrooms and milk, in which artificial UV radiation ensures a higher content of vitamin D. The remaining foods require a separate permit.

However, around 61 percent of the tested products failed because the necessary authorization was not available. Ten foods did not have a clear permit. But what can cause an excess of vitamin D in the body?

Food manufacturers require permission to add vitamin D.

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People can become poisoned if they consume too much vitamin D. The result can be kidney damage or heart arrhythmia (more about supermarkets and discounters at RUHR24).

For this reason, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) already sets maximum limits for the content of vitamin D in food. However, the Consumer Advisory Council is calling for better control for manufacturers.

Consumer Center Reveals Illegal Vitamin D Content – Tips for Consumers

In addition to the lack of permission to add vitamin D, the testers found that the maximum amount was exceeded in 13 products. The market check also revealed that some products may not contain any additives simply because of the product concept and BfR recommendations. The Consumer Center gives examples such as milk substitutes, smoothies, teas or sweets.

Therefore, consumers should take care to buy as few products as possible that are fortified with vitamin D. Regular walks in the fresh air and exercise can naturally increase vitamin D levels.

A diet rich in calcium with dairy products, mineral water or dark green vegetables can also prevent deficiency. Fatty fish, eggs and mushrooms are also recommended. The Consumer Advice Center also recently managed to uncover a deceptive package in the Lidl discount store.

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