The FDA has just released a new 109-proposed rule on the revision of nutrition and supplement labels, where the agency slipped in two little paragraphs that could risk the health of millions of people who desperately need folate. As the Alliance for Natural Health puts it, it’s a sneak attack (found on page 69) ‘so quiet and unobtrusive that few people will even realize it’s there.’
According to the guidance, the word “folate” will be banned from the Supplement Fact labels; only the term “folic acid” will be allowed. Why is this important?
Found in foods like beans, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, and more, folate is the naturally occurring form of the water-soluble vitamin B9. It supports DNA, energy, mood, and is an essential compound for optimal pregnancy. Folic acid, on the other hand, is a synthetic version of folate primarily used in processed foods and supplements due to its stable nature and ability to fortify foods.
As reported by the Alliance for Naturla Health:
“The important thing to remember is that folic acid is not itself biologically active, though for most people the liver can convert it to the folate we need. Most, however, does not mean all. It’s estimated that 30% to 40% of the population can’t efficiently convert synthetic folic acid into folate.
In other words, about a third of the human population has two potential problems: a deficiency in folate (because it is hard to get enough from a diet full of processed foods), and possibly even an excess of folic acid (because their body can’t metabolize what could become an overabundance of folic acid present in “fortified” foods).”
Essentially, the FDA is revising labeling laws for supplements while ignoring labeling GMOs though the public demands it – so while poisoning us with GMO foods, they will also take away basic nutritional supplements which would allow us to heal ourselves from the onslaught of toxicity which is dumped on us daily.
If the proposed rule goes through, only the words, ‘folic acid’ will be allowed to be printed on supplements, not Vitamin B – even though that is exactly what it is. Folic acid also refers to just one member of the folate group: pteroylmonoglutamic acid.
Just another smoke and mirrors tactic of the pharmaceutical oligarchy trying to keep an honest, healthy person from staying vital without their expensive poisons.
Urge your friends and family to take a stance on this and act. You can sign the petition on this issue here. It also sets precedence for pharmaceutical companies to ban other naturally occurring vitamins and minerals so that they can become our indefinite drug pushers, and health lords.