Food additives have been used by the human race for centuries. Salt, sugar and vinegar were among the first and used to preserve foods but in the past 30 years with the advent of processed foods, there’s been a massive explosion in the chemical adulteration of foods with additives – that’s why I really believe we must, where ever possible preserve our own food or at least be aware of what we’re eating and that of our children!
Recently considerable controversy has been associated with the potential threats and possible benefits of food additives, although most food additives are considered safe.
However, some are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. Cause hyperactivity in children, allergies. asthma and migraines are often associated with adverse reactions to food additives.
Since 1987 Australia has had an approved system of labelling for additives in packaged foods. Each food additive has to be named or numbered. Although I personally don’t think food labelling in Australia goes far enough, and this is talking from personal experience over many years in the food business!
By the way these numbers found on food labels in this country are the same as in Europe, but without the prefix ‘E’.
Below are some examples of what these numbers actually mean – if you want all the details on code breaking all the numbers above please go to this link for a full breakdown on all the food additive numbers -http://nac.allergyforum.com/additives/
And the all information is FREE!
Example – FOOD ADDITIVE CODE BREAKER -(E296 – E385)
* Hyperactive Children’s Support Group, substance may cause allergic reactions.
Have you ever wondered what allergies and allergic reactions really are?
A little on allergies –
An Allergy is a hypersensitivity to foreign substances which are normally
harmless but which produce a violent reaction in the allergy sufferer. Allergies are generally the body’s effort to eliminate something it considers unsuitable. Typical allergic reactions are hay fever, migraine, asthma,allergic rhinitis, digestive disturbances, coeliac disease, conjunctivitis, urticaria, eczema, drowsiness, CFS, hyperactivity in children, tinnitus,
recurrent sinusitis and ear infections.
In a few people the histamine (anaphylactic) reaction can cause muscle
cramps, disorientation, unconsciousness and death from shock
There are different types of Allergies, the most common being type1.
When an allergen encounters cells capable of antibody formation, they
then form IgE antibodies which bind to the surface of other cells, called
mast cells and basophils. In response to the attachment those cells release
chemicals, called mediators of anaphylaxis, among them histamine.
Those chemicals cause allergic reactions such as swelling or the secretion
Almost any substance can be an allergen for an individual. Common
allergens include certain foods, especially milk, wheat and eggs, pollens,
dust, moulds, cosmetica and certain food additives.
An Allergy is not the same as an intolerance. Allergies always involve the
immune system, whereas an intolerance, eg. lactose intolerance, is caused
by a lack of lactase, the enzyme that converts lactose into glucose.