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    The disgusting additives in your food

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    The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Sep 30 2016, 19:07

    "We frequently report on disgusting items found in food - everything from six-inch nails in a takeaway chicken meal to a dead worm in a can of sweetcorn.

    Discovering something like this is, thankfully, pretty rare. But did you know that ingredients such as antifreeze are regularly included in your food - all perfectly legally?

    In a study carried out for Privilege Insurance, the secrets behind food manufacturers' recipes are revealed.

    They include the anti-freeze ingredient propylene glycol, which is used to stop fat clumping together in ready-made cake mix.

    Meanwhile, L-Cysteine - extracted from barbershop clippings from China - is used to prolong the shelf-life of bread. And some chicken nuggets contain dimethylpolysiloxane, also used to make silicone breast implants.

    And 'vanilla' flavouring in ice cream is still occasionally derived from the castor sacs of beavers - found near the animals' anus.

    "Some of the findings are shocking, and more should be done to encourage labelling that doesn't insincerely disguise something as 'natural'," the head of Privilege Insurance, Dan Simson, tells the Daily Mail.

    "It is paramount that the consumer has all the facts so they can make a logical and sensible choice about the products they are buying."

    It's fairly widely known that many sweets, including fruit pastilles and marshmallows, aren't vegetarian as they contain gelatin. This is produced by boiling up animal bones.

    But most people will be surprised to discover that bananas often aren't vegetarian either, as they are sprayed with a pesticide made from shrimp and crab shells.

    Meanwhile, the clothes and bedlinen you buy might also not be quite what you think. Sheets labelled 'Egyptian cotton' can legally contain as little as 5% of the high-quality product; only 50% of so-called 'British wool' has to come from UK sheep.

    Last year, food writer Joanna Blythman revealed some of the nastier ingredients lurking in supermarket ready meals.

    In her book, Swallow This: Serving Up The Food Industry's Darkest Secrets, she says that the 'butter' in your croissant, for example, might actually be the yellow powder left behind when the water is removed from a mixture of butter, milk proteins and starch.

    The answer - at least, until it comes to the bananas - is simply to cook all your meals from scratch.

    Earlier this year, we reported on one family who switched from ready meals to healthier home-cooked foods - and even halved their food bill as a result."

    The above words (with links) from article here http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/09/30/the-disgusting-additives-in-your-food/


    Perhaps another good reason for eating whole fresh food !

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    Re: The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by chris c on Sat Oct 01 2016, 21:46

    Originally "processed" food was made from real food. Not today.
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    Re: The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Oct 02 2016, 17:43

    Yes, foods and how they are produced has changed over the years.
    So to have the pesticides etc that are used on our foods/crops.

    Perhaps the good thing about eating whole fresh foods is they usually come without an additives listing!

    Take the lovely bunch of broccoli I recently bought  - and the price was slightly lower than the previous one I'd bought  Smile

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    Re: The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by chris c on Mon Oct 03 2016, 20:09

    You don't know what it was sprayed with though!

    Many current pesticides are less toxic than their forbears but that doesn't mean they aren't toxic or they wouldn't work. They are only tested singly but a mixed diet may subject you to a mix of chemicals which has never been tested. Even crops bred for "pest resistance" may have the toxins built in. We undoubtedly evolved to detoxify a lot of stuff but there may be limits.
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    Re: The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Oct 09 2016, 13:26

    That's certainly true - we do not know what they are sprayed with.

    I always take care when preparing my food prior to cooking, I think it also helps if you can buy organic foods ... but of course there is a downside ... they are more expensive.

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    Re: The disgusting additives in your food

    Post by chris c on Sun Oct 09 2016, 20:56

    I'm a bit confused what's happening here. Two years ago the back field was wheat, and the next field over was peas. Peas (and beans) are always followed by wheat, and wheat usually by rape, and the two farmers usually work out their rotations between them.

    Last year the back field was wheat again, so I assumed this year it would have to be rape. No, looks like it's wheat yet again. Probably as a result just after it was sown it was sprayed with something that stank the whole house out. Haven't had that happen for a long time. Lucky I no longer eat bread.

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