Without obvious signs of contamination like the mold in this jam, consumers use expiration dates to decide whether to keep or throw away food.
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Current expiration date system leads to confused consumers and wasted food.
Three foods and some cool stuff you should know about them.
Emulsifiers are in everything from ice cream to mayonnaise.
Are you a food label reader too?
Processed foods often contain additives with intimidating chemical names or numbers. But many of these are derived from or based on chemicals that are found in nature.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains more additives than factory made cigarettes. So let’s not kid ourselves it’s safer.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains additives to stop it from drying out. So, it’s hardly a “natural” or “healthier” alternative to factory made cigarettes.
Normal pee should be the colour of straw.
Beetroot, artificial colours, vitamin supplements, medications and illnesses can change the colour of your urine or bowel motions.
What’s in the bottle is good for me, right?
Microscopic needle-like particles don’t seem like something you’d want to feed a baby. Whether safe or not, the way we deal with nanoscale food additives leaves plenty of other questions.
Some people are sensitive to the effects of food additives.
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The numbers listed on your packaged foods replace the chemical or common name of food additives. These are used to enhance the colour, flavour, texture or prevent them from spoiling.
Research in mice shows emulsifiers damage the gastrointestinal barrier, allowing bugs to enter the body.
Have you ever wondered what those food additive numbers included in the ingredients list on your food packing were really doing to your body?
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