[National Additive Free Day]
So what is a ‘food additive’? These are chemicals added to foods to do all sorts of things – preserve, keep food moist, add flavour, add sweetness etc. They can be named with their full name eg. Sodium sulphite OR by number Preservative (221). You will need to use the following list to be help you start to get the names AND numbers stuck in your head!
Additives are tested in isolation and they DON’T know the cumulative effect of additives combined…a bit scary considering the stats out there suggest Australians are eating many additives daily.
Along with most junk food, additives are also found in some breads, margarine, yoghurt, juice and foods such as muesli bars and even cereals. Whilst companies defend these additives for many reasons, once you start realising there is a good additive-free alternative or brand, you can easily boycott the ones delivering our children and us more chemicals in our systems than we really need!
And hey, who wouldn’t be happy to get rid of things like bed-wetting, nightmares, eczema, frequent tonsillitis/ear infections, asthma, nosebleeds, and the ones I have struggled with with Master 3 : unable to entertain self, restless/fidgety, defies rules, disorganised, easily distracted, discipline ineffective, uncooperative etc etc – the list goes on and on! I must say these symptoms can also be related to gluten, dairy and other intolerances such as high salicylate diets (often a diet too high in fruits/fruit products).
So why not get started, go through your pantry with the list of numbers and start looking at ingredient lists before you put the product in the shopping trolley! You might be surprised at the results your kids will benefit from!
Here is the list of additives you’ll want to avoid (why not print a list so you can have it near your pantry or take a photo on your phone so you can take it grocery shopping?).
Additives that commonly cause problems
Artificial colours (in sweets, drinks, takeaways, cereals and many processed foods) 102 tartrazine, 104 quinoline yellow, 110 sunset yellow, 122 azorubine, 123 amaranth, 124 ponceau red, 127 erythrosine, 129 allura red, 132 indigotine,133 brilliant blue, 142 green S, 143 fast green FCF, 151 brilliant black, 155 chocolate brown
Natural colour 160b annatto (in yoghurts, icecreams, popcorn etc, 160a is a safe alternative)
200-203 sorbates (in margarine, dips, cakes, fruit products)
210-213 benzoates (in juices, soft drinks, cordials, syrups, medications)
220-228 sulphites (in dried fruit, fruit drinks, sausages, and many others)
280-283 propionates including cultured whey/dextrose (in bread, crumpets, bakery products)
249-252 nitrates, nitrites (in processed meats like ham)
Synthetic antioxidants (in margarines, vegetable oils, fried foods, snacks, biscuits etc)
319-320 TBHQ, BHA, BHT (306-309 are safe alternatives)
Flavour enhancers (in tasty foods)
621 MSG, hydrolysed vegetable protein, yeast extract
627, 631, 635 disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, ribonucleotides
Strong flavours in many foods and children’s medicines (vanilla is safest)
So you think your child can handle food additives? Take a look at this long list and it might make you realise how many health issues we ‘put up with’ (taken from fedup.com.au). We have cut out so many of these symptoms from our whole family by really looking at our diet.
Airways: Asthma, Stuffy blocked or runny nose/ nasal polyps, Frequent nose bleeds, Catarrh, chronic throat-clearing, Sinusitis, Frequent ear infections, Frequent tonsillitis, Frequent colds and flu, symptoms of Samter’s Triad, hayfever, allergic rhinitis Skin: Eczema, Urticaria (hives), Cradlecap, Other skin rashes, Angioedema (swollen lips, eyes, tongue), Geographic tongue, Pruritis (itching), Rosaceae, Allergic shiners (dark circles under eyes), Pallor (pale skin), Flushing, Excessive sweating, Body odour, Sore vagina in children, Alopecia (patchy baldness) Digestive system: Irritable bowel symptoms (IBS), Recurrent mouth ulcers, Indigestion, Nausea, Bad breath, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Stomach ache, Bloating, Reflux in babies, adults, Constipation, Colic in babies, adults, Sluggish bowel syndrome (feeling of “more to come”), Encopresis, Soiling (sneaky poos), Dairy intolerance, Gluten and wheat intolerance, Eating disorders (ed), anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED) Bladder: Bedwetting, Daytime incontinence, Urinary urgency, Recurrent inflammation (cystitis) Skeletal:Growing pains, Arthritis Eyes: Nystagmus (involuntary movement), Blurred vision Muscles: Low muscle tone, Myalgia (muscle pain), Tics (involuntary movement), Tremor, Heart: Rapid heart beat, Heart palpitations, Cardiac arrhythmias, Pseudo heart attack (feeling of impending doom, chest pressure, pain down arm), Tachycardia (fast heart beat), Angina-type pain, HHT Central nervous system: Headaches or migraines, unexplained tiredness, Chronic fatigue, Feeling ‘hung-over’, Confusion, Dizziness, Agitation, Tinnitus (noises in ear), Hyperacusis, Paraesthesia (pins and needles), Dysaesthesia (numbness), Hypoglycemia,Epileptic seizures, Fits, Sensory symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Symptoms of lupus Anxiety: Panic attacks, Depression, Obsessive ruminations (repetitively focusing on bad feelings and experiences from the past), Self harm, Suicidal thoughts, actions, teeth grinding (bruxism) Impaired memory: Vague or forgetful, Unable to concentrate, Won’t persevere, Unmotivated, Disorganised, Easily distracted, Difficulty reading and writing Speech: Loud voice (no volume control), Speech hard to understand, Speech delay, Selective mutism, Stuttering, Repetitive noises, Talks too much (empty chatter) Coordination: Poor handwriting, Poor coordination, Frequent accidents Sleep: Difficulty falling asleep, Restless legs syndrome (RLS), Persistent night waking, Insomnia, Nightmares/night terrors/sleepwalking, Sleep apnoea Mood: Mood swings, Premenstrual tension, Grizzly or unhappy, Cries easily or often, Irritable, Uncooperative Oppositional defiance: ODD, Loses temper, Argumentative, Refuses requests, Defies rules, Deliberately annoys others, Blames others for own mistakes, Touchy, easily annoyed, Angry, resentful Other behaviour: ADHD, ADD, Autism, Aspergers, Inattentive, easily bored, unmotivated, ‘Unable to entertain himself’, Restless, fidgety or overactive, Head banging, Hyperactivity, Fights with siblings, Difficulty making friends, Destructive, aggressive, Unreasonable, Tantrums, Demanding, never satisfied, Disruptive, Discipline is ineffective, Pervasive Development Disorder
I’ll leave you with that! 🙂 Heidi
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