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Reading Food Labels

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Does anyone read the labels when buying food to see what's in it?

I don't eat Pork so usually have a look to see if food might contain gelatin or something like that.

Some times it amazes me the junk used in prepackaged food.

I heard smarties use a red food dye made from a red coloured berry - however it's too much hassle to colllect the berries so they catch an insect that eats the berry and crush it and squeeze out the food colour - anyone know about this?

I also find the quantity of what's in a product a good indication of quality - my mother is useless at shopping and alway buying junk - the other day she bought some chicken burgers - only 50% of the burger was chicken - the rest was water - and other stuff!!

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I dont check labels unless its a new product im trying, i always buy the same crap every week anyhow :)

    Can i ask why you dont eat pork?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I check labels as i dont eat anything with E numbers in it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by DeeLiteFul
    I check labels as i dont eat anything with E numbers in it.

    What no E's at all?

    Must limit your choices loads - have you looked them up to see what they are?

    I found this on the web

    http://www.ifanca.org/newsletter/2001_07.htm


    E-numbers are reference numbers used by the European Union to facilitate identification of food additives. All food additives used in the European Union are identified by an E-number. The "E" stands for "Europe" or "European Union". Normally each food additive is assigned a unique number, though occasionally, related additives are given an extension ("a", "b", or "i", "ii") to another E-number.
    The Commission of the European Union assigns e-numbers after the additive is cleared by the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF), the body responsible for the safety evaluation of food additives in the European Union. The convention for assigning E-numbers is: 100-199 food colors
    200-299 preservatives
    300-399 antioxidants, phosphates, and complexing agents
    400-499 thickeners, gelling agents, phosphates, humectants, emulsifiers
    500-599 salts and related compounds
    600-699 flavor enhancers
    700-899 not used for food additives (used for feed additives)
    900-999 surface coating agents, gases, sweeteners
    1000-1399 miscellaneous additive
    1400-1499 starch derivatives
    E-numbers are only used for substances added directly to food products, so contaminants, enzymes and processing aids, which may be classified as additives in the USA, are not included in the E-number system.

    There is an EU directive on food labeling which requires food additives to be listed in the product ingredients whenever they are added for technological purposes. This includes coloring, sweetening and favor enhancement as well as for preservation, thickening, emulsifying and the like. Ingredients must be listed in descending order of weight, which means that are generally found close to the end of the list of ingredients. However, substances used in the protection of plants and plant products, flavorings and substances added as nutrients (e.g., minerals, trace elements or vitamins) do not need to be included in the ingredient list. Because of this, some substances that are regulated as food additives in other countries may be exempt from the food additive definition in the EU.

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Not everything. I try and avoid them as i was told it'd help my concentration and lessen my hyperness (which gets very bad)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I dont check whats in the food , as long as it tastes nice no complaints :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I usually check the food labels, and dont buy things with too many additives in it. The red food dye you are talking about is cochineal, which is made from crushed beetles, its also known as E120. Its very very common in foods and sweets in particular. I dont especially avoid it, as im not vegetarian and its not known to cause problems, although the thought isnt that nice. Id rather avoid some of the nasty man made chemicals that are well documented to cause problems in some people, and really shouldnt be allowed to be put in food, and only is because of the big food companies greed to make money using cheap shit ingredients rather than healthy and more natural stuff.
    I dont find checking the labels a problem, as you get to know whats ok, and only check the labels if its something i havent had before.
    heres a useful site
    http://www.whatreallyworks.co.uk/start/kidszone.asp?article_ID=401
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    if i aint had it before i check. we eat only a very small amount of processed food in our house though. i do a lot of cooking with the freshest of ingredients ...a lot grown by myself, other stuff grown as localy as possible. i only eat local free range chicken and never fillets. if i do eat out of a box or tin then i avoid , 'and other meats'.
    my wife makes cakes pies ice cream and stuff. my fav ice cream is with whiskey and ginger.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i do. dont eat anything with meat or animal derived products in.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I glance over food labels but dont read them in depth. I am not keen on sweets so I am pleased i dont eat smarties. On the other hand I'd definitely go out of my way to avoid eating at fast food restaurants and prefer healthy meals
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by DeeLiteFul
    Not everything. I try and avoid them as i was told it'd help my concentration and lessen my hyperness (which gets very bad)

    I used to work with this girl that could drink like a fish and nothing would happen - she never got drunk, but give her a red lollipop and she was a riot!! She'd start acting all hyper and cracking jokes and doing impersonations of miss piggy - it was so funny!! :D
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