Tag: artificial colours

Yes to spices, no to artificial flavours

Posted on 10 January 2012 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Next time you open a sachet of powdered flavouring to add to noodles, stop and think what else you could use from your pantry. The sachet most likely contains at least one form of MSG and a range of other … Continue reading

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Ingredients in cheese slices – quick review

Posted on 18 September 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Cheese slices are promoted to us as a source of calcium and vitamin D. Low fat versions are available and the marketing message is clear about their place in our daily dairy intake.

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In food labelling, ‘no added’ doesn’t mean none at all

How reassured are you to see the phrase ‘no added sugar’ or ‘no added artificial colours’ on the packaging of a food item in your supermarket? Have you every bought a ‘no added’ product thinking that item was a healthy … Continue reading

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Asthma, hyperactivity and the food colours which cause them

Recent research in the UK points to six artificial food colours which are linked to asthma and hyperactivity in children. Those artificial food additives are: sunset yellow (E110) quinoline yellow (E104) carmoisine (E122) allura red (E129) tartrazine (E102) ponceau 4R … Continue reading

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Brown bread may be white bread in disguise

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Did you know that many brands of brown bread are nothing more than the white bread you are trying to avoid? Both start with a grain of wheat, but we wrongfully assume that a brown bread grain is not subject … Continue reading

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Allergic to amaranth even though it sounds natural

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Allergies to red food colouring are not uncommon, but when the name of the colour shown on the label is ‘amaranth’ (E123) it is easy to think this might be one of the more acceptable food colouring alternatives. As a … Continue reading

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Asthma risk with children’s blue cough syrup

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Blue-coloured cough syrup is best avoided by children with asthma tendencies. Not one but two colours are used to give this over-the-counter medicine its ‘attractive’ blue hue. In one leading brand, I found artificial colour 133 (or brilliant blue) and … Continue reading

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Natural flavours still subject to chemical process

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Do you know the difference between a natural flavour and an artificial flavour? Ironically, they are often both made in the same factory and are both the result of complex chemical processes. The ‘natural flavour’ certainly sounds healthier and more … Continue reading

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Cola one of the highest selling items in your supermarket

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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Cigarettes aside, one of the highest selling supermarket lines in Australia today is the 1.25 litre bottle of cola. Shockingly, the top five positions are almost all occupied by this brand’s products. So what exactly is in this soft drink?

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Ammonia free – the best hair colouring option

Posted on 18 July 2011 in Blog by L. Schneider
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A hair colour at the salon should be a pampering treat but did you know the ammonia used as an active ingredient in most commercial hair color preparations is also used in explosives manufacturing, toilet cleaners and cigarettes? Ammonia hydroxide … Continue reading

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