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Sulphur Dioxide (220) the key to bright orange dried apricots

Dried apricots can be a delicious and healthy snack for children but did you know that preservative 220, or sulphur dioxide, is used to maintain their bright orange colour in the drying process?

Dried apricots, like many fruits when dried or preserved, tend to darken in colour and apparently we, as consumers, find that unappealing. We associate freshness with bright colours but the price we pay for that perception is a generous dollop of a preservative that is ‘ripe’ with health issues for children and asthmatics or anyone with an allergy to preservatives. Read More…

Natural flavours still subject to chemical process

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 pure but the reality is that it can be just as processed, often with just as much potential harm as an artificial version. Read More…

Are banana chips a healthy children’s snack food?

Healthy snack foods are high on most parents’ list of ‘must-have-at-the-ready’ items.

Fruit in its natural form is always preferable but when a child wants chips and only chips, I have found banana chips can satisfy kiddy cravings and provide a healthy option. So I was curious to find out how banana chips are made and if any aspect of the manufacturing process is detrimental to health. Read More…

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