DailyDirt: What's That In Your Food?
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Processed foods are everywhere. They’re quick and easy, as well as mighty tasty because they’re designed to hit the perfect combination of salt, sugar and fat our bodies crave. Unfortunately, few things are actually perfect if you look closely enough. Common food packaging frequently lists ingredients that sound like a nightmare chemistry exam you haven’t studied for, and preservatives aren’t all that appetizing even if you can’t taste them. Here are a few links on food additives that you may or may not think are scary.
- If you can’t pronounce azodicarbonamide, then you probably don’t think it should be in your food (or yoga mats, either). But the dose makes the poison, right? So, <45 ppm shouldn’t be too bad. [url]
- Large food companies regularly re-formulate their products to tailor them to local markets, but the differences in ingredients lists for the UK versus the US sound a little disconcerting. Some ingredients are banned as food additives in other countries, but in the US, they’re just fine… /ominous music [url]
- New food additives are increasingly coming from natural sources. Natural sources for blue food coloring aren’t easy to come by, but there’s an FDA-approved extract from a cyano?bacteria that’s blue. [url]
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