Public service announcement just because a packet says no artificial colours DOESNT mean the "natural" colour in it won't harm you.
Look up what possible side effects of 120 and 160b as an example.
Both are "natural" but can impact you badly
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02-11-2015 12:49 #1
No artificial colours- must be good for you : vent
02-11-2015 12:59 #2
It is a basic marketing tactic Similar to cocoa-pops 'made with whole grains', lollies marketed as 'fat free', lunchbox or lolly items that 'contain real fruit'.....(concentrated juice extract), 'natural', medicines that are 'used in traditional chinese medicine' (but dont have to back up evidence that they actually work), and 'sugar free' - never look at such claims as a measure for how 'healthy' the item is. Its much better to use common sense, understand the basics of reading a food label,and understand the ingredients in your food. And of course,whole foods are always better than packet stuff!
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02-11-2015 12:59 #3Senior Member
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One of my pet peeves. 160b/annatto has a very noticeable impact on my kids.
02-11-2015 13:32 #4
Exactly! Sorry just had a few different people recently ( from different sources- not same circle) try and tell me a product/s are ok because it's no artificial colours ( because the packet told them so)
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02-11-2015 14:39 #6
Oh 160b is terrible as it is found in lots of foods that are otherwise healthy eg yoghurt.
02-11-2015 15:09 #7
The pro-'natural', anti-'artificial' chemophobia drives me crazy. I seem to come across a lot of it since there's a lot of overlap between the attachment parenting crowd (whom I love!) and the "natural" living crowd (whom I do not always agree with...).
Nature is full of interesting chemicals that can do terrible things to you, chemists work tirelessly to synthesise harmless variations - especially for medicinal purposes. Here's an obvious example - salicylic acid comes from trees (100% natural!) and has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory drug, but it's really harsh on the digestive system and can cause internal bleeding. So scientists came up with an artificial variation that has all the benefits but without the same side effects - aspirin.
Sigh... sometimes I wish I could offer some all natural poison ivy to certain people. Or how about some natural blowfish toxin?
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02-11-2015 15:41 #8
This is a great guide to take shopping, in all honestly I've found only a very small handful of packet food that don't contain additives so it's best to just avoid them all if you can
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02-11-2015 15:49 #9
02-11-2015 16:25 #10
Sorry to derail, but can someone tell me a bit more about 160b? As in what does it do that's no good etc, will have to keep an eye out for it
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