In Australia there are no laws requiring manufacturers to indicate when food has been irradiated. In the US, all irradiated foods must be labelled.Continue reading Food irradiation – is it OK?
Formaldehyde is a harmful chemical that is found in most everyday homes. It is used in the production of fertiliser, paper, plywood and manufactured wood, as a preservative in some foods and in household products such as antiseptics, floor polishes and cleaning goods, medicines, and cosmetics, especially nail polish.Continue reading Formaldehyde a trigger for asthma in children and adults
Aspartame is a food additive, a chemical concoction marketed to us as supportive of our mission for health when in actuality it is potentially the most health debilitating additive there is.Continue reading Aspartame is no substitute for sugar
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. […]Continue reading Sulphur Dioxide (220) the key to bright orange dried apricots
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 […]Continue reading Natural flavours still subject to chemical process
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 […]Continue reading Are banana chips a healthy children’s snack food?
It seems even the health food industry feels the pressure to offer consumers convenient, time saving alternatives. Today I went looking for dandelion root beverage, an excellent liver support and detoxification brew provided to us typically in a jar, but direct from nature.Continue reading Instant health claims not so dandy
Chemical dyes like synthetic colourants canthaxanthin and astaxanthin have been used to colour farm-bred salmon. Fish farmers select from 16 shades of pink on a ‘Colour Fan’ provided by fish food manufacturers ‚Äì the same way we would choose a paint colour for the lounge room wall.Continue reading Farmed salmon is artificial colour salmon
Peanut butter is a chemically enhanced, synthetic liquid slime. From the mould inhibitors used in the growing and storage process, to the rancid fats released in the roasting process, the nutritional value of peanut butter in a child’s diet is highly questionable.Continue reading Artificial ingredients in peanut butter a health concern