Do you really know what is in the food that you buy?

Unless you are growing your own and starting from scratch you really wouldn’t know.

I read recently that more than 10,000 additives are added to the food supply in the United States. In fact, the article claimed that the average American eats about 142 pounds of additives a year. Is Australia very different?

Here is a photo of a ‘biscuit’ that was in a hamper that my daughter brought home last Christmas. It is from Bakery Sugar Craft based in New South Wales and has chains throughout Australia. However the ‘biscuit’ is ‘Made in China’ and will best be eaten by 07.12.13. But just look at the ingredients! What really is palm shortening, powdered whole eggs, butter flavour or vanilla powder let alone artificial colours E129, E102, E133 and E110?

So I did some researching and found a brilliant reference book for food numbers *

 

E129 Allura Red is a synthetic food colouring commonly used in confectionary. Widely associated with hyperactivity in children, its use is banned in Austria and Norway.

E102 Tartrazine An artificial yellowy-orange food colouring used in processed foods, and widely associated with hyper activity in children. Commonly found in confectionary, soft drinks, ice creams and processed fish products. Its use is banned in Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

E110(i) Sunset yellow FCF. An artificial food colouring commonly used in confectionary.

E133 Brilliant Blue FCF. A synthetic blue food colouring.

This ‘biscuit’ needless to say it is still here – not to eat but as a curio!

However not all biscuits look so obviously full of chemical preservatives and they look so healthy some of them, even the ones in the ‘health’ food section.

 

* http://thefoodieshandbook.co.uk/enumbers.aspx