Vitamins and Organic Food
Be wary of super cheap multivitamins that are for sale in dollar stores and other super discounters. That's the conclusion of the latest Consumer Reports after the magazine tested 18 multivitamin brands from such stores as The Dollar Store, Family Dollar and Big Lots. The magazine tested for vitamin/mineral content and dissolvability to determine if the pills break down fast enough to be absorbed. Its results: Nearly half of the 18 tested brands failed to contain the labeled amount of at least one nutrient and several did not dissolve adequately. Over the years, the magazine has tested major multivitamin brands and they have always proved reliable. "We recommend sticking to those better-known brands of multivitamins," Consumer Reports said.
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The magazine has tips on when it pays to buy organic food. The magazine recommends that you buy organic apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach and strawberries because when conventionally grown, these fruits and vegetables tend to be laden with pesticides. On the other hand, it's not worth spending extra to buy organic asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, onions, papaya, pineapples and sweet peas because multiple pesticide residues are generally rarely found on these items.
And never spend extra on organic seafood, because whether caught in the wild or farm-raised, fish can be labeled organic even if it contains mercury and PCBs.
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