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The harmful additive loophole

According to Australian product labeling requirements, if an additive amounts to less than 5% of the product, the manufacturer does not need to list it on the ingredients list.

This, of course, can be very misleading to consumers who understandably assume that because an additive is not listed, a product is free from it. Read More…

E330 – E333 inquiry about adverse reactions from MSG

Question: My husband has a known sensitivity to MSG and associated flavour enhancers but recently he also seems to be reacting to citric acid and other citrates (E330 -E333).

We have the third edition of the chemical maze and in there you indicate that they may provoke symptoms in people sensitive to MSG but this is the only time I have found this information. Everything else I have read seems to indicate that E330 -E333 are safe. I was wondering if you could let me know the reason that some people with sensitivities to MSG might react to citric acid so that we can better understand this puzzle and how to manage it. Read More…

MSG in milk products a hidden ingredient

Reduced-fat milk products may contain MSG. A prepackaged chocolate milk drink (fat free) caught my attention this week. Some would consider this a moderately healthy choice, and most people would not be remotely suspicious that this product could contain something as potentially harmful as MSG.

There are many products we know are worth checking for MSG (food additive 621), but milk and dairy products were not one my list of usual suspects. Read More…

How to remove additives one step at a time

Remove the allergy-inducing MSG from your diet and you may just find yourself removing a whole raft of other potentially toxic ingredients at the same time. The cheaper the product or the more bulk you are getting for your dollar then, generally speaking, the more likely that product will contain a range of additives you might prefer to avoid. Read More…

Avoiding MSG in Pregnancy

Pregnancy cravings can be instant and while ‘gherkins and ice-cream’ were never on my list of desirable foods when I was pregnant, the urgent need to eat often had me circling a food court looking for healthy options.

By the time you eliminate the fried food, the ‘sitting in the bain-marie all day’ food, the listeria-risky food (which unfortunately includes pre prepared salads and even nori rolls) there only seemed to be one option: an Asian style soup. Read More…

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