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Is dental floss healthy?

Dental floss is probably one of those products you don’t give much thought to. We buy it and use it regularly, but how it is made is one of those manufacturing questions you’ve never thought about.

Dental floss is typically made from nylon which is a byproduct of petroleum. The wax coating on most flosses is made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which is a known carcinogenic that is also used to make the coating for non-stick cookware. Read More…

Additives banned for infants could be banned for all children

Many additives considered safe by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are also classed as ‘prohibited for use for infants’. In fact, according to the Chemical Maze, 84% of approved additives are not allowed to be used in foods for infants, an age limit set at twelve months of age.

Eighty four percent of food additives equates to about 250 individual food additives likely to cause harm to infants. Read More…

Allergic to amaranth even though it sounds natural

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 grain, amaranth is touted as one of the superfoods of the decade. High in protein and other essential minerals, it is an excellent substitute for gluten-based grains. Read More…

BHA preservative linked to asthma

Asthma sufferers should look for BHA on ingredients labels. Butylate Hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative that is used to keep food from changing colour, changing flavour, or becoming rancid.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (E320) is contained in meats, butter, chewing gums, nuts and dry mixes, snack foods, baked goods and sweets – many products that typically live in a household pantry. It is derived from petroleum and has been banned in many countries. Read More…

Asthma risk with children’s blue cough syrup

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 artificial colour 104 (quinoline yellow) which are both associated with a heightened risk of an asthma attack . The yellow synthetic dye is banned in the USA, Japan and Canada and must carry a warning label in Europe. No such requirement in Australia, I?m afraid. Read More…

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