posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 12:58 AM
They add the iron from what I know. One negative thing about iron is that it oxidizes in the body, causing free radicals. So too much and you're
putting oxidative stress on your body, cancer, faster aging ect.
Seriously though, it seems like when the nutrition facts say the contents contain iron, zinc, etc., that that would mean it's in a form that
comes with the food, not as a pinch of raw metal.
It is a deception of sorts. When a processed food has all these wonderful nutrients that you think are there naturally, then you read that they were
added. It gives the food, a lot of the times cereal, a false sense that it is healthy. All it is is carbohydrates with a multivitamin shoved in, so
nothing really healthy about it. Most cereal is garbage for health.
The only difference between natural nutrients and man made ones are bioavaliblity really. Some really can't be absorbed by the body that well.
Others its about the same. Personally, it seems that its more important to eat a diet full of fruits and veggies and NOT worrying about getting all
your nutrients than not eating well and taking a multivitamin "just to make sure". Seems we've been learning that some of these nutrients in high
levels can actually cause disease.
In one study with milk consumption, it showed that men have a higher risk for prostate cancer. But the scientists didn't think it was milk exactly,
just the high levels of calcium.
Vitamin E for awhile was said to increase cancer...not sure where the scientific opinion is on that one now.
The new culprits for Alzhiemers I read awhile ago were I think Iron and zinc.. sorta interesting. There are a bunch of others it seems, and a lot of
[edit on 6-6-2009 by ghaleon12]