Iron Supplements Are GRAS

20 Sep

Iron is considered to be GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA. The FDA has a list of ingredients that are considered to be GRAS, and that list of 373 can be found here.

What does it take to get on the GRAS list?

“… convene a meeting of scientists ….. (paid by the company)… to sit in a room and declare a substance is GRAS.”

Iron appears on this list 10 times in various forms. There is indication that there is some concern about iron enrichment in cereal from : “Iron – Report on Clinical Research Protocols to Elucidate The Possible Hazards of Increased Iron Enrichment of Cereal Products”. There is also a YouTube demonstration of how one can find iron in cereal here.

Iron builds up in the body and can cause Hemochromatosis.

Too much iron is toxic to your body. It can poison your organs and cause organ failure. In hemochromatosis, iron can build up in most of your body’s organs, but especially in the liver, heart, and pancreas.”

The National Institute for Health assigns blame to one’s genetic trait to absorb too much iron from food sources. It does not address the fact that iron is an additive not necessary in a normal diet.

Primary hemochromatosis is caused by a defect in the genes that control how much iron you absorb from food. ”

There is no doubt that we all need iron. A deficiency can cause death, while an excess can cause organ failure. What is important is that there are plenty of natural sources of iron, and there is no need to consume any iron additives when you have a healthy diet. You may want to check your vitamin supplement for this unnecessary ingredient.


One Response to “Iron Supplements Are GRAS”

  1. jack September 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    Dave, as usual this information is useful as well as informative.
    Next up…B12 and cyanocobalamin vs methylcobalamin. Scary that a product GRAS has cyanide in it and isn’t found anywhere in nature.

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