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    After a few people asking about what foods to feed their kids that are preservative free etc, I found this info and thought I'd share it. I havent seen it anywhere on the Hub.

    COLOURS
    102, 104, 107, 110, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, 132, 133, 142, 143, 151, 153, 155, 160b (Annatto), 173, 174, 175
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    PRESERVATIVE & examples of Foods they are in:

    SORBATES Cheese and cheese based products, dips, drinks.
    200, 201, 202, 203

    BENZOATES Soft drinks and cordials.
    210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 218

    SULPHITES Dried fruits, cordials, juices and processed meats.
    220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228

    NITRATES Cured & processed meats (ham, bacon, hotdogs). Prohibited for use in food for infants.
    249, 250, 251, 252

    PROPRIONATES Breads and bakery products.
    280, 281, 282, 283
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    ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS
    ALL - they don't have numbers.
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    FLAVOUR ENHANCERS
    620-625 Glutames inc MSG
    627 Disodium Guanylate
    631 Disodium Inosinate
    635 Ribonucleotides
    Hydrolysed Vegetable Protien (HVP)
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    ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
    Aspartame 951, Phenylalanine, Sorbitol 420, Mannitol 421, Maltitol 965, Xylitol 967, Sucralose 955.
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    FAT Hyrdonated or Trans Fats
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    ANTIOXIDANTS - often in oils
    310, 311, 312, 319, 320, 321, 385
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    THICKENERS
    407, 466
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    ANTI-CAKING AGENTS/ EMULSIFIERS
    431, 433, 435, 436, 530, 553, 900, 914
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    MISCELLANEOUS
    943a, 950, 952, 954, 1201, 1520, 1521

  • #2
    Wow thats a huge list! I don't think i could remember all that while im shopping :P

    Thanks SFM!!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jaxcoop View Post
      Wow thats a huge list! I don't think i could remember all that while im shopping :P

      Thanks SFM!!!
      Could always print it out and take it with you....

      Thats ok....glad I could be of some assistance.

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      • #4
        That is a huge list indeed... Im will be using it in the future.

        Cheers

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        • #5
          I've just become aware of these things as DD is now a toddler and should be able to eat normal food.


          and this site is good for just quickly searching for an ingredient and you can sign a petition:

          http://www.additivealert.com.au/

          The two most annoying things I've found since starting to read labels is one; that I think they should have to print the number only - reading the full name makes it real hard. And I'm even getting the impression that sometimes they print the OK additives by number and the bad ones by name so if you're quickly scanning for numbers you miss them. Nasty.

          And the other thing is that there are heaps of things that are banned in kids food (for under 3 year olds) but they are allowed in normal food. But kids don't just eat kids food do they? I'm one of the old fashioned types who like to cook one wholesome meal for the whole family to enjoy together at the table - including my 12 month old DD - but I'd actually be safer giving her some ready made alphabet spaghetti and dinosaur nuggets or some other ridiculous kids meal like that.
          Last edited by DQ; 26-09-2008, 10:01. Reason: link removed

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          • #6
            my dd has severe allergies to certain preservatives if she eats the wrong thing even some breads she'll be up screaming most of the night. they dont effect her behaviour(make her hypo) just her sleep. i got a book that explains all about additives its become my bible i keep it in my handbag. according to this book by law baby and toddler food isn't allowed to have additives in them but a loophole in the law allows 5% to be put in any food without having to label it. my dd sleep problems started when she was 5 months old about the same time she started on solids, shes now 3 and finally sleeping well because i watch everything she eats. you would cringe if you knew the facts for example flavoured milks have additives in them that have been banned in 5 other countries because they're that toxic. people think the bad foods are lollies etc but some breads, crackers, any prcessed meat or cheese all contained bad additives not all brands though so read all labels

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            • #7
              Originally posted by swedishchick View Post
              And the other thing is that there are heaps of things that are banned in kids food (for under 3 year olds) but they are allowed in normal food. But kids don't just eat kids food do they? I'm one of the old fashioned types who like to cook one wholesome meal for the whole family to enjoy together at the table - including my 12 month old DD - but I'd actually be safer giving her some ready made alphabet spaghetti and dinosaur nuggets or some other ridiculous kids meal like that.
              this is so true...unless you are going to make a meal from scratch (and by that i mean, no jar of leggos sauce or anything like that!) then kids ready meals are much much safer...

              i am so angry about additives and preservatives at the moment...there are some incredibly dangerous chemicals in the foods we eat every single day!!!

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              • #8
                I just don't buy anything with an extensive list of ingredients - if it has ANY numbers or anything I can't recognise or pronounce - Forget it. I stick to foods in their natural state and only buy snacks like plain kettle chips for example; that only has "potatoes, sunflower oil and salt"

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                • #9
                  Thanks heaps SFM!!!

                  Does anyone also know where I can find info on what effect the additive has on the person? Like, what systems it has negative effects for?

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                  • #10
                    thanks so much!

                    i have been thinking about this over the last few days and will try and not buy food with these additives. my kids generally dont have reactions or allergies to anything but it might be the reason for DS behaviour. if not then at least i am not giving them bad things their bodies dont need.

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                    • #11
                      For more info about additives and preservatives, a reliable (and very scary) website is the Australian Governments Food Safety website.

                      www.foodstandards.gov.au specifically under the 'Food Matters' tab.

                      It still baffles me that the Australian governemtn know what is in foods and what the effects are, but they continue to allow them to be sold and consumed.

                      http://www.naturallysavvy.com/site.php?id=137 I also found the above website which lists specifically the effects of types of additives used in manufactured foods.

                      I don't trust any numbers any more either and we only eat free range or organic meat. Meat from farms that are not free range or organic is full of rubbish too like antibiotics and presevatives etc. That and the animals are treated much more humanely on free range and organic farms.

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                      • #12
                        Check out this site..
                        http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/
                        Sue Dengate is my IDOL!!
                        I have one of her books and it is invaluable.
                        DS rarely ate a "number" before he was three and we are still very conscious of it even though it is much harder to monitor at 4.
                        I believe 100% that SOME children's so called "problem" behaviour could be helped by a change in diet.
                        I also think asthma can be helped by avoiding certain numbers...
                        Nothing upsets me more than a tiny person wandering around the supermarket with a big bottle of fanta and a packet of twisties...
                        tragic

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                        • #13
                          How do you handle meat for bread eg?? I mean cooking works ok, I make most myself, but how about sandwiches? Or can I find somewhere a list of brands that are ok?? Not sure if I can name them here?

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                          • #14
                            hidden preservitives

                            In regards to the kettle chips, isn't it true that if the oil is less then 5% of the product then there could be anti-oxidants that are on the list of not to eats that don't have to be labelled? considering that oils generally have anti-oxidants it is more then likely?

                            Makes it very hard to really know what your eating?

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