Friday, September 18, 2009

Food Labelling and the problem with additives

Do you read the labels on the food you buy?

Labels are available on all food packaging, and, are there to help you make an informed choice about the food you buy. Food labels give us a listing of the ingredients in the product, from greatest to smallest in weight. They also list any chemicals and additives that may also be present in the food. Labels are a great way of being aware of what you are eating and making an informed choice.

I'm a big label reader. I try not to buy anything that has preservatives in it and I choose not to buy foods that have too many "extra" ingredients in them that aren't actually food.

There has been scientific studies performed that suggest foods with additives may help contribute to A.D.D (Attention deficit disorder) and A.D.H.D (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as well as general concentration and learning disorders, tiredness, irritability and stomach upsets. This is just the tip of the list though, potential problems also include asthma, eczema, allergies and food intolerances and as a result it's best to avoid as many of these additives as possible.

I'd like to share some websites with you that may be of interest for further reading;

This one is a great one for mum's and dad's -

How to read labels -

And finally, this one gives you a run down on all the potential additives;

Food labels are a good thing to get educated about, especially when feeding your growing children.

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