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Vitamin E is actually the name given to a group of several different compounds. The forms found in fresh, unprocessed foods are healthy. The manufactured forms can be made naturally, in the correct, healthy and not toxic forms, or they can be made fully synthetically, in unnatural and harmful forms, and some are toxic and carcinogenic. It is going to be exceedingly rare that the most non toxic natural form is going to be used in a food product as an additive.

Food sources of high levels of Vitamin E include:
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Avocado

Avoid high heat, which damages the Vitamin E.

If you eat a variety of greens and vegetables for salads, and switch them up (don't eat the same thing all the time), and add some seeds to your salads, smoothies, etc. then you should have no problem getting enough of this healthy vitamin.

The current food labeling laws make it impossible to tell what forms are used, and whether they are synthetic or natural, or somewhere in between.

When listed on food labels as simply Vitamin E, you have no way of knowing what form it is taking, though it is likely to be the cheaper synthetic form. If it was better quality, it would most likely be noted.

Vitamin E can be used either as a vitamin added to food, or as a preservative to prevent spoilage. It is often listed to "preserve freshness." This may be legal wording, but it is deceptive. Freshness refers to the age of a food. Fresh food is fresh picked. As it ages, it loses its freshness, because it is getting older, and deteriorating. If a chemical is added to a food to prevent deteriorating, spoilage, it is still aging. It is also likely still deteriorating, but just not growing microbes.

This process of preventing deterioration with chemical additives is not done for the benefit of the buyer. It is done solely to increase profits for companies, so they can sell older food, and have it last longer on the shelf.

When added to "preserve freshness" you should not assume that it's now healthier because it has a vitamin in it. It will likely be the cheap, synthetic type, and could actually be the carcinogenic form.

Vitamin E of all forms is manufactured by extracting the Vitamin E from oil bearing substances, such as plants. All synthetic versions, and most natural versions use a chemical extraction process, involving toxic chemicals. Some of those chemicals have been shown to cause cancer, such as trimethylhydroquinone. This is one of the biggest problems that the Cosmetics Database has with these forms of Vitamin E, because the finished products can contain traces of hydroquinone, which is a class of chemicals with a benzene, which is a hormone mimicker, and it is carcinogenic. No one should be consuming any hormone mimickers.

The most common plants used to extract Vitamin E are corn, soy and canola. All of these have a GMO version, so it is likely that a GMO is used in the process, along with the chemicals. If the specific Vitamin E is listed as being Organic, then it will not be GMO.

The only good source of natural Vitamin E would be if it is extracted via vacuum-distillation, without chemicals. But you are not likely to ever see this on a food label. There is also a cautionary note on even this form. Most vacuum-distilled Vitamin E is extracted from soy oil. Soy is one of the most important foods you should be avoiding at all costs.

This product has no place in the home cooks kitchen.

Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) added to preserve freshness

This form, since it's using the word "mixed" simply means that it has 3 or more of the various forms of Vitamin E in it.

This is specifically used as a preservative. The ratio of the different forms is not listed, nor does it distinguish if it's natural, synthetic or somewhere in between. It is likely synthetic, or chemically extracted, and GMO, unless specifically noted on the label.

Citations - References - Resources

Chemical of the Day
The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC)
The World's Healthiest Foods
Betrayal Autoimmune Solutions Summit
Overcoming Hashimoto's Summit
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