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If you want allergen free supplements, ask your local chemist (ask to speak to the pharmacist) or for more pure forms a naturopath (many of these cannot be purchased without an appointment). Via my naturopath I get some Metagenics products, but even these are not always pure, you have to ask and check (although I generally find gluten, dairy and soy not to be a problem with them). You will also find magnesium products more similar to the often mentioned Natural Calm (USA), I've recently switched from MagMin to a powdered magnesium and it is quite different.
My local chemist has a note in my file about no soy, no gluten, no dairy and tries to find me products without these as well as reviewing all my prescriptions too. Sometimes a prescription only comes with either dairy or soy, but at least then I get to make an informed choice.
All of the dissolve in water tablets (such as Berocca) have either sweeteners or sugar, same with most chewables especially the gummie whatevers, but for Post-Whole30 some are now being made with stevia rather than the other kinds.
The labelling requirements are crap for these kinds of products, chemists have access to some ingredient lists (but not all brands) which go far beyond the label.
Be aware there are similar label loopholes for coffee, tea and alcohol (not Whole30 compliant), as the beverage laws were made when they were pure products and have not been updated. Some instant coffee contains gluten, I've had one tea company tell me not to drink a caramel tea as it might contain gluten and alcohol companies tend to keep their ingredients secret, which makes avoiding ingredients very difficult (cider for example is often not gluten free).
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Just a word of warning Australians!
Day 23 into my Whole 30 and I was comparing supplement labels of a Vitamin B supplement (in the cupboard but haven't taken) and a Vitex supplement I've been taking for the last 3 days, both from the same company - different labels standards
The Vitamin B supplement says it is free from Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, sugar, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds, soy. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
The Vitex supplement says Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds. No artificial flavours
I contacted the company as I was confused as to whether the Vitex potentially contains Soy, Sugar and Preservatives, as it doesn't list that it is free from. And YEP! the company got back to me, that yes indeed the Vitex contains SOY!!!
So, even if it isn't listed in the ingredients, or free from - it can still be there. Apparently under the Therapeutic Goods and Administration (TGA) labelling allergens is not a requirement!