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Tropicana Trop 50 And Tocopherol
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I just discovered Tropicana Trop 50 orange juice contains "mixed tocopherols". I have read a little about Tocopherol as an ingredient in skin care products, and how it can sometime be derived from wheat. But I've never come across it in a food or beverage before. Has anyone become sick after drinking it?

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If it's derived from wheat, by law, it must be listed in the ingredient listing or allergen statement.

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Very good to know, thank you.

If it's derived from wheat, by law, it must be listed in the ingredient listing or allergen statement.

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I'm a little more alarmed that the same ingredient is in OJ and skin care products. LOL

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Tocopherols are a natural antioxidant.

The Canadian Celiac Association lists tocopherols as a safe food ingredient for us, without qualification.

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Yes I was a little alarmed too, so I did some googling to try and understand why the same ingredient would go in OJ and moisturizer.

Tocopherol is basically Vitamin E, which is mixed with Acetic Acid to form alpha-tocopherol. It's then added to food AND skincare in slightly different forms for each. It's also used for floor wax, lol. It's regarded as GRAS by the FDA (generally recognized as safe).

However...as regards us Glutards...Tocopherol is apparently usually derived from Soybean Oil in the USA... but "may" be derived from Wheatgerm oil. If the Wheatgerm Oil is unrefined, the chance of "proteins" (which I am guessing means Gluten) remaining, are apparently very low. The Wheatgerm aspect must be disclosed on a food/beverage product, but not on a skincare product. Meaning you could be putting lotion on your skin containing an ingredient derived from Wheatgerm Oil.

Interesting stuff. I'm extremely sensitive, so I will probably avoid Tocopherols in food and skincare where I can from now on, even though the chance of it affecting me is "very low". The lesson I keep learning repeatedly is to make everything I eat from scratch, period. And as for cosmetic products, I'm in the process or replacing everything.

Here's where I got my info:

(I'm new, is it ok to post links like this? Personally I like to know where opinions come from. I am of course not affiliated with any of the sites):

http://www.glutenfreedietitian.com/newsletter/vitamin-e-from-wheat-germ-oil/

http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=520

http://personalcaretruth.com/2011/05/ask-the-experts-18/

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-tocopherol-acetate.htm

I'm a little more alarmed that the same ingredient is in OJ and skin care products. LOL

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