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Reading food labels 101

Reading food labels can be a satisfying experience! Every now and again, I come across an item that has no questionable additives or chemicals in it and I give a quiet hip hooray.

Food manufacturers are changing their approach to food technology as we, as consumers, raise our voices about what we can and can’t accept. Read More…

How many additives did you consume today?

Every day we consume a range of chemical additives many of which are safe, some even health promoting.

Our daily meal habits (home cooked typical western fare, not including fast food) expose us, on average, to over 120 different additives and of these, more than half could be considered less than desirable, if not harmful – in other words bad food additives. Read More…

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…

Talc and its potential link to cancer

Talc, also known as magnesium silicate or 553, is a mineral based product that is used in a wide variety of industries and products from paper and paint, to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food additives.

For most people, the term talc is synonymous with a post-bathing product, also commonly called ‘baby powder’. Read More…

Genetically modified ingredients may trigger asthma

Health concerns about the use of genetically modified ingredients in the foods we eat are on the rise.

For many people, the lack of hard data to say GM is ‘safe’ is enough to be cautious ‚Äì history has already provided many case studies of ingredients considered safe, that in the longer term were deemed harmful and removed from the market. 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 are food additives classified

Here is a quick and ready reckoner that provides an easy to understand classification system for the food additives used today.

  • 100-199 Colours
  • 200-299 Preservatives and Food Acids
  • 300-399 Antioxidants, Mineral Salts and Food Acids
  • 400-499 Emulsifiers, Humectants, Vegetable Gums and Processing Aids
  • 500-599 Anti Caking Agents, Firming Agents, Stabilisers and Processing Aids
  • 600-899 Flavour Enhancers
  • 900-1201 Sweetening Agents, Bleaching Agents, Propellants, Antifoaming Agents
  • 1400-1450 Thickeners
  • 1505-1521 Sequestrants and Solvents Read More…
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