Our obsession with multi-vitamins is well documented. In 2017 the global market for multi-vitamins amassed $383.06 billion. By 2023 it is expected to reach $561.38 billion. Which perfectly expains why even our physicians recommend the daily intake of a multi-vitamin for a healthy adult despite there being next to no evidence of this being at all beneficial.
“There’s no evidence, no hard evidence that in the nutritionally replete, the person who consumes some fruits and vegetables every day, benefits. I don’t know why doctors recommend them. But it’s very time-consuming trying to talk someone out of doing something that’s pretty innocuous.” – Thomas Barringer, M.D., medical director of the center for cardiovascular health at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C
A large percentage of all these multi-vitamins simply cannot be absorbed by the body. Even if your body is in dire need of vitamin C that 1000mg capsule you’re popping will only be absorbed at max 50%. Where does the rest go? Down the toilet.
So what effect does this have on our rats?
In the early 2000’s there was a huge rat found in a New York pizza franchise. Online he was affectionately nicknamed “Master Splinter.” and sometimes referred to as the “Beast of the Bronx.”
Whilst there’s nothing normal about rat infestations on food preparing premises, the main conversational topic was it’s size.
This rat, the Rattus norvegicus. Is meant to be 350gram.
Clearly this rat has surpassed these expectations, so what can explain it’s size? Could multi-vitamins have been the cause of this? One PhD student of Fordham University who conducted a study on the brown rat of New York City seems to think so.
However it seems there is a physiological limit to the brown rat’s maximum size, further increase is simply not possible(yet.)
Maybe what we should really be worried about are all those antibiotics were flushing down the toilet, researchers at the University of British Columbia have recently found rats with strains of Salmonella and E Coli which were immune to antibiotic treatment.