I’m really at my wits end with the amount of CRAP that is allowed to be put in our food. Preservatives, additives, stabilisers, fillers, emulsifiers, firming agents…. It’s disgusting! As a society, most of us have become used to relying on convenience foods – ready made bread, pasta, sauces, dairy products, juices…. the list is endless. There are many reasons for this with time being an obvious one – most families require both parents to work to bring in enough income to support our way of life. But at what cost?
We are consuming bread or cereal for breakfast, possibly a sandwich, burger, salad with dressing or similar for lunch, then maybe a spagetti bolognaise, ready made chicken schnitzel or some other pre-prepared meal for dinner. All of these foods contain a multitude of additives that are inserted to make the food last longer, look better or taste better, but they’re certainly not helping our health.
Some common additives include:
950 (Acesulphame potassium)
USES: sweetener, added to soft drinks, sugar-free foods, breath mints, custard powder, jelly, dips, sauces and toppings
POTENTIAL EFFECTS: cause chronic respiratory disease and produce tumours and leukaemia in animal studies
FOUND IN: Coke Zero, Red Bull Sugarfree, V Sugar Free, Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer, Sprite Zero, Pepsi Max, Ribera Light, Cottee’s No Added Sugar Cordial, Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy Light, Yoplait Forme yoghurt, Nestlé Diet yoghurt
160b (Annatto extracts)
(also called annatto, 160b, natural colour, vegetable dye, bixin, norbixin)
USES: yellow to pink colouring
POTENTIAL EFFECTS: behavioural problems in children, hyperactivity, eczema, rash/hives, irritability, headache, disturbed sleep, hypotension and restlessness
FOUND IN: margarine, butter, mayonnaise, snack foods, cereals, ice-creams, yoghurts and cheeses, soft drinks, pastry, smoked fish and battered seafood, meat balls, sponge cakes and pudding custards.
210 (Benzoic acid)
POTENTIAL EFFECTS: headache, skin irritation, asthma, stomach upset, behavioural issues, hyperactivity
FOUND IN: soft drinks, cordial, fruit juices, pickles, chutney, jams, margarine, sauces, toppings, coconut milk, cider, preserved fish and tomato juice
320 (Butylated hydroxyanisole)
POTENTIAL EFFECTS: suspected endocrine, respiratory, immune, skin, liver and neuro-toxin, DNA damage, recognised carcinogen, asthma, insomnia, fatigue, depression, skin ailments
FOUND IN: butter-oil blends, milk powder, edible oils (MAY NOT BE LISTED!), dried instant mashed potato, bubble/chewing gum
These are but a few droplets in an ocean of toxins added to foods that people are consuming EVERYDAY! No wonder there are so many sick people and children with behavioural issues. What are we doing to ourselves? WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN?
We live in a society that is run by governments. I ask them – Why are you allowing these toxins to be put into our foods? The information is out there – the studies have been done – the proof has been shown. These substances are detrimental to our health. They are not fortifying us, preventing illness, helping us to live better lives. They are doing the opposite. These items need to be banned. Take Germany for example, they do not allow harmful substances into their food. All additives are assessed and must pass a rigorous safety evaluation before being approved for use. Why isn’t Australia, the UK and America following suite?
There is a fantastic app called Chemical Maze (details below) that I use every time I go grocery shopping. It is invaluable for helping me to make healthy food choices for me and my family. Basically, if there is a listed ingredient in a food that you’re not sure of what it is (I mean who would know what the hell 330 is!), you just type in the name or number into the app and it brings up an easy to read page detailing exactly what the item is, where it is derived from, it’s uses and side effects. Brilliant!
I would highly recommend downloading this app and getting into the habit of using it!
So the next time you’re grocery shopping, take some time to look at the label on the back and see what you’re actually eating. It may help explain some health or behavioural issues you or your family are experiencing, or it may just be that next step in your holistic health journey.
Links to the Chemical Maze app, as found on www.chemicalmaze.com: