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Food additive allergies on the rise

Food additive allergies are an ever-increasing health concern. The average Australian consumes around five kilograms of food additives a year. To put this in context the average yearly consumption of rice is eight kilograms so our intake of food additives is certainly significant.

The amount of people suffering food intolerances and allergies and food additive consumption have all increased in the last thirty years. Whilst not every food additive is problematic for an allergy sufferer (and indeed there are good food additives) there is a growing need for consumer awareness about the way additives can affect health.

Food additive allergies are responsible for a wide array of health symptoms and if we consider our ‘food as medicine’ then we can also consider additive-free food as the best prevention against ill health and disease. Testing for food intolerances and food allergies can offer many insights into how to manage these afflictions.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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