Chances are, if you catch me in the kitchen at the office, I'm standing there reading an ingredient label. Now that I have to read the label on everything, the ingredients mean something completely different than they did four years ago.
Take this bag of Glo-Worms for example...
When you're reading ingredient labels, keep the #1 rule in mind:
The ingredients are listed in descending order. So, that means out of all the ingredients, the amount of corn syrup is more than any other ingredient on the list - and so on and so on.
- Modified food starch contains propylene glycol, which is one of my bad allergens. It's in vitamins, pre-packaged food, and medication.
Then I notice the Apple Juice Concentrate:
- That's a no-no for me because of the gallic acid in apples. I'm allergic to gallates which are the salts and esters of gallic acid.
Next is the Titanium Dioxide:
- I'm not even allergic to this but I looked it up once and found out this when I looked it up a while back: Titanium dioxide dust, when inhaled, has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen, meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to humans. I found that documented on Wikipedia here.
Right after that one is Natural and Artificial Flavors:
- Propylene glycol is known to be in that stuff, so I avoid it.
And last, but not least are the Artificial Colors:
- I've been reading that Europe is starting to ban these. I can see why as Red 40 is derived from coal (excuse me while I loose my cookies). I mean, doesn't that say enough?
My point is that we all need to start reading labels A LOT more. There's some really bad stuff out there!
These are only SOME of my food label flags. What are YOURS?