Recently I watched a really amazing documentary called 'Food Matters' and have since been loving their facebook page - there is always a wealth of great, education and thought-provoking information for me to read. After reading Penny's last blog entry I have been thinking about my list of 'non-negotiables' and then stumbled upon this great visual diagram called 'Top 10 food additives to avoid' on the Hungry For Change (the latest doco from Food Matters) website.
I'm a very visual person, so seeing a written list of anything doesn't really impact or inspire me. But when I get to see something so pictorially - it actually has impact. A lot of the food in this picture I eat regularly, in fact I just had licorice all-sorts last night (and canned fruit the night before, tim tams last week and diet drinks all the time!) Heck!
Here's what they have to say on the Hungry for change website:
It might be common knowledge to you that most processed foods are not ideal for our health. These foods are often laden with artificial chemicals which can cause all sorts of havoc to our body. Typically these food additives are not easy to identify, as they are hidden under a variety of names and codes and usually in very small font.
Unbelievably there are over 300 chemicals used in processed foods today and statistics show that the average American household spends about 90 percent of their food budget on such foods! These man-made chemicals are seen as foreign to our bodies, which often results in a number of implications to our health and wellbeing. Allergies are a common side effect and MSG is known to cause overeating and weight gain.
The best way to avoid exposure to these harmful chemicals is to understand the most common and dangerous additives and which foods they are most often found in.
Interesting stuff! I want to know more.
On the Hungry for change website you can find a list of the Top 10 food additives to avoid and they also have made a handy downloadable pdf that you can print and take with you to the supermarket. That's what I'm going to do.