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    Quote Originally Posted by *Amethyst* View Post
    What I do know at the moment is, pretty much all margarines I have seen have preservatives (butter also)
    I thought the same too until I discoverd the following spreadable butters:

    - Western Star Soft & Natural Butter Blend
    - Helgas Butter Blend (not sure of the exact name)

    I don't have the Helgas in front of me but the Western Star contains only Cream, Canola Oil, Water, Salt & Milk Fat. What gets me is that it's obviously possible to not use additives so why do all the other butters have to contain them!

    Another thing on my list (not necessarily for the kiddies!) if I'm craving a soft drink is Shcweppes plain lemonade (natural lemon flavour). No preservatives or artificial flavours/colours but do check the label because doesn't apply to the diet version or the ones sold in cans or small bottles.

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    Ok just got back from the supermarket.. had a look in the health food section.

    For a vegemite alternative(sorry if these have been posted already)
    Freedom Foods Vege Spread- preservative, gluten & yeast free
    Promite.. but has a few ingrediants I am not sure of, eg. sulphites, but didn't have any preservatives listed.

    Sanitarium Natural Peanut Butter no stabilizers etc. or preservatives

    And for a margarine alternative.. lots of people prefur margarine because butter has more fat and salt.. but all margarines (including olive oil margarines) have preservative 202..
    Helga's Light Butter Blend- less fat and salt than plain butter, no preservatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veve View Post


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    Originally Posted by mummeeto2
    San Remo packet pastas are better than Continental ones
    Coles/Woolies brand peanut butter is better than Kraft

    Both the Continental packet pastas & Kraft peanut butter had preservatives/additives that were not so good. Since we changed brands I've noticed a good change in DS's behaviour




    mumto2 - are they preservative FREE?? or do they contain SAFER preservatives??
    The San Remo Pastas have safer additives, although the Carbonara has 3 nasties (seems to be the only one with nasties)

    The Coles brand peanut butter has no preservatives.

    I printed a card from the Hopper site (http://www.smartsnacks.com.au/site/Page.aspx?PageId=8) not sure if I'm allowed to post link, sorry if I'm not

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    The following is a link to the failsafe website, which I have found to be invaluable. People ring manufacturers to check on ingredients then post the 'safe' foods on the website. Check it out. http://fedupwithfoodadditives.info/i...on/updates.htm

    The thing you also need to consider is that if an ingredient is less than 5% of the make-up of the food then any additives etc don't need to be listed. So if a product contains oil and it's less than 5% of the total of the ingredients it just has to say 'oil' but that oil may contain additives etc and they don't have to list them. I know that Arnotts are generally safe - milk arrowroots, saos, jatz all have 'safe' oil in them.

    I'm not sure if the following link will work but it is a shopping list made up by a mum who has researched all of this. http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.in...pping_List.pdfI take this with me each time I shop, to find 'failsafe' alternatives for everyday products. Things do change though, and companies do change their ingredients at times, so the previous link with the product updates can be helpful there.

    I have just started replacing products with additive free (or no nasty additive) products but am not doing it all at once as it is so daunting. Cooking from scratch and cutting out jars and packet mixes is a great way to start.

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    Biscuits-
    Cruskits- Corn (NO preservatives- but high salt content)
    "Real Foods" Corn Thins - Original
    'organic by nature' spelt crispbread range: organic, preservative free, low allergy grain.
    Orgran Outback Animals
    Abundant Earth Healthy Handfuls
    Heinz Mini Rice Cakes Original
    Heinz Little Kids Bikkies Honey & Oat, Banana & Oat
    Organics4Kids Organic Teething Rusks
    Sakata Plain
    Arnotts Arrowroot Biscuits

    Spreads -
    Nuttelex (I think although I have no idea what an 'emulsifier' is )
    Sanitarium natural peanut butter *in the health food section.
    Melrose Naturals Almond, Brazil and cashew spread *in health food section.
    Sweet Williams Chocolate Spread
    Western Star Soft & Natural Butter Blend
    Helgas Light Butter Blend
    Freedom Foods Vege Spread
    Promite
    Sanitarium Natural Peanut Butter
    Coles brand peanut butter

    Breads -
    Baker's Delight
    Brumbys
    Wonder White bread
    'organic by nature' breads (shrink wrapped):wheat free, preservative free.

    Cereals-
    Carman's gourmet muesli.
    Corn Flakes
    Special K

    Dairy-
    Soygurt
    vaalia toddler yoghurts
    Jalna yoghurt
    BD Farm Paris Creek yogurt and milk products (certified organic also)
    "pure chill' icecream products: organic, gluten free, preservative free and GMO free

    drinks-
    'abundant earth' organic hot chocolate
    Schweppes plain lemonade (natural lemon flavour)- large bottle only. Not diet.

    other-
    'organic by nature' organic backstrap molasses: gluten free, wheat free, no preservatives.


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    SNACKS
    Real Foods - Corn Thins/Rice Cakes - PLAIN ONLY
    Sun Rice - Rice Cakes/Corn Thins - PLAIN ONLY
    Freedom Foods: Baked Corn Chips
    Kettle: Plain Chips (Sea Salt)
    Annies - All Fruit Bars (From Woolworths/Safeway only)
    Uncle Toby's: Microwave Popcorn (Natural Flavour) - For older children only as they can choke
    Vitasoy: Lush Chocolate and Lush Vanilla flavoured Milks
    SPREADS
    St Dalfour: 100% Spreadable Fruit Jam
    Sanitarium: Natural Peanut Butter
    Melrose: Various other Nut spreads and Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter)
    BREAKFAST CEREALS
    Uncle Tobys: Original Instant Oats (You can put fruit/cinnamon on top for flavour)
    Uncle Tobys: Oat Brits, Vita Brits
    Norganic: Crunchola Cereals (Apple Cinnamon and Apple Blueberry)
    BREADS
    Khobz: Lebanese Bread (Great for pizza bases too)
    Edwards: Sourdough breads (very mild tasting not too "bitey" - Coles only
    Potts: All range - I think also just from Coles
    DESSERTS:
    Gelativa: Sorbet range

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    Fantastic idea.
    My current favouits on the shopping list most weeks are:

    Burgen Bread (love all the range)
    Mountain Bread (lots of diferent ones here too)
    Brumbys breads (treats only)

    100 healthy calories cookies.
    Sanatarium Saltanas
    Natures choce (may not be the brand, gone blank) Corn chips. Not to high in salt either.
    Lion of Saraha Freeze dried Mango, Apples and Bannanas (yummo!!)
    Cruskits
    Vitabrits (for Dh only, to high is salt for DD)
    Carmins Muslie Bars (although I'm not sure the fruit used in them is sulfer free?)
    Western Star Butter

    The healthy section has a couple of nice cerials that are additve free as well for a treat occasionaly.

    My biggest winge though is there is no cordial that is additve free

    So glad someone mentioned the vegimite issue. I love Vegimite and have not been eating it because of the preservativ. Will try the freedom foods one
    Last edited by squiglet; 10-10-2008 at 10:35.

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    I just tried the freedom foods one. Its not too bad, but its definetly not vegemite iykwim. I think promite tastes better personally, but I don't think promite is as 'natural' as the vege spread.

    Also I have heard alot of people mention how weetbix is high in salt.. which I am not entirely sure of, but I know the Kids weetbix is a lot lower in salt, and has added calcium and iron.

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    I have the kids weetbix as a special weekend treat for DD. It's still got quite a lot of salt in it though?
    I don't understand why they have to put so much in?

    Oh and I forgot to mention that the healfood shop is great for dried fruits.
    Bannanas, and apricots. You can't get them at the supermarket unfortunatly.

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    I don't know.. I imagine not.. I mean its weetbix.. how much salt could it possibly have. It doesn't exactly taste salty or anything. I will go check.
    My dd has it for breaky every day.


 

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