FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Ingredients: What Consumers Want?

Food additives are listed on the ingredient lists of packaged food products. There are many that have been used for decades. If they were used before 1958 when the Food Additives Amendment was passed, they are considered prior-sanctioned substances since they were already in common use. Another group of substances were described as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) . Both these categories were excluded from the food additive regulation process.  Just because an additive is on either of these lists doesn’t mean it’s safe. if new evidence emerges that suggests it is unsafe, the FDA may take action to remove the substance from food products. Some ingredients are not welcomed by consumers recently. To see the most common ones:

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A Positive Trend? Ingredients

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A lot more attention is being paid by consumers as  to what is actually in the  foods we eat. The ingredient list is one way to find out.  In general, the longer the ingredient list, the more reason to stay away from the product. The  trend is to simplify the ingredients and begin to keep them as simple as possible – i.e. ingredients the consumer can understand.

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“Cleaner” Ingredient Lists

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Have you ever really read an ingredient list on a food label?  An article from Fooducate is very informative on what a few of these commonly used ingredients really are and what they do.  Campbells is trying to clean up labels using more real food ingredients. Interesting!!! Sounds like a good idea.

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What is a Processed Food?

All processed foods are not created equal.  You may be surprised that most foods in the supermarket meet the definition of “processed”.  But THIS ARTICLE gives some good info on how to avoid highly processed foods that generally are loaded with salt, fat, and sugar.