Food Fortifications to Avoid

Chapter 5

Food Fortifications To Avoid

AVOID Vitamin A fortified foods, watch for these names:

  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Retinol Palmitate
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Vitamin A Acetate
  • Retinyl Acetate
  • “Vitamin A added”

AVOID Vitamin D fortified foods, watch for these names:

  • Vitamin D3 aka Cholecalciferol
  • Vitamin D2 aka Ergocalciferol
  • “Vitamin D added”


  • Citric acid added to foods or supplements (screws up copper metabolism)
  • Mineral citrates (magnesium citrate, zinc citrate, potassium citrate, etc.), these are minerals bound to citric acid
  • Carageenan and other gum thickeners added to foods (guar gum, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, basically anything with the last word being “gum”), these are significant gut irritants
  • Generally avoiding any “fortified foods” is a good idea.  If you see vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list of any food, I would suggest generally avoiding it.