Tuesday, March 30, 2010
An A-Z Guide to Food Additives: Never Eat What You Can't Pronounce
About the Book: Cochineal extract, diacetyl, teriary butylhydroquinone, BHA, HFCS, MSG--it’s not just knowing how to pronounce what’s in your food, it's knowing what it does and how it can affect you that matters most. But with so many processed foods on the supermarket shelves and additives showing up in the most unlikely foods, that’s certainly a tall order. An A-Z Guide to Food Additives will help consumers avoid undesirable food additives and show them which additives do no harm and may even be nutritious.
Designed to fit in a purse or pocket, this little book will serve as an "additive translator" when navigating through the landmine field of additives or ingredients that may cause allergic reactions like headaches, fatigue, and breathing difficulties or those that cause bloating or make one hyperactive. Included are safety ratings to 300 ingredients and reference charts of such additives as those that may potentially cause cancer or allergic reactions or that should be limited for sodium-sensitive individuals. There is also essential nutrition advice, hints on what to look for when reading those unreadable ingredient labels, and even tips on buying fresh produce in order to avoid pesticides.
Our Take: With all the talk today about high-fructose corn syrup and is it or isn't it good for you, well it has a lot of people thinking about what is truly good for you in your food. I've that found people are noticing all these names of stuff in their food and they have no idea what any of it is. Who knows what Alginate is for example? ...And if it is something they ought to be eating or not? Well, the A-Z Guide of Food Additives book says 'never eat what you can't pronounce.' While that is a good general philosophy, some things that you can't pronounce aren't so bad for you. I'm sure we can all agree upon that. Sure, you can pronounce baking soda but Alginate is simply brown seaweed. It is used as a thickener in a lot of the products we use on a daily basis. In this book where they rate things from an A to an F on how good for you, Alginate is given an A+.
This is book is even small enough to fit in your pocket or your purse. So, when you go do your grocery shopping you can look up all those fancy names and make your own decision on whether you are going to buy a product or not. Who can resist that?
At the end of this book there is a section that I found very eye opening. It lists the ingredients that are potential cancer-causing food additives, additives that may provoke allergic reactions, additives that may cause gastrointestinal effects plus much more. I found this book and it's information to be absolutely wonderful and so helpful in my quest for true health. Now, I can go buy something processed and feel confident that everything in it is something I can ingest. I mean, we can't all make everything from scratch every single night, so its nice to know what we have for options that meet our modern sensibilities.