By Matt Goss
Read Part 1 HERE
So let’s take a look at what these added Natural Flavours could potentially be.
Primary Use: For Vanilla and Raspberry flavoured foods. Think ice cream.
From: Extracted from the dried glands and secretions of beavers behinds.
Name: COCHINEAL & CARMINE
Primary Use: Colour applesauce, baked goods, meats and spices.
From: Boiling Cochineal beetles from South American and Mexican Cacti.
Name: CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE, SHELLAC, RESINOUS GLAZE
Primary Use: Lollies, cosmetics and chewing gum.
From: Scraping secretions from a small red bug usually found in tree bark.
Name: MSG & HYDROLYSED PROTEINS
Primary Use: Flavour enhancer, stocks and broths.
From: Is a salt of the amino acid Glutamate.
Primary Use: For Almond flavouring.
From: Extracted from peach pits and is a poison.
Primary Use: In baking goods.
From: Derived from human hair and duck feathers.
Primary Use: Sweetener.
From: Genetically modified corn.
Here are a few of those numbers we often see on the food labels also:
* E542-edible bone phosphate
* E631-sodium 5′-inosinate
* E920-L-cysteine hydrochloride
* 620-625; MSG is 621
Some side effects induced by additives:
* headaches or migraines
* rashes (hives, eczema, dermatitis, other itchy rashes)
* stomach aches, bloating, reflux, constipation, bedwetting, sneaky poos
* asthma, frequent cough, stuffy or runny nose
* frequent colds, flu, ear infections
* joint pains, swelling of the joints
* heart palpitations, fast heart beat, pseudo heart attack
* sleep disturbance (difficulty falling asleep, frequent night waking, night terrors, restless legs)
* restlessness (loud voice, irritable, easily distracted, demanding, easily bored)
* irritability (touchy or easily annoyed, loses temper, throws tantrums)
* oppositional defiance (temper outbursts, often says no, refuses requests, defies rules, angry)
* inattention (forgetful, disorganised, foggy brain, dreamy)
* anxiety (lethargic, depressed, panic attacks)
* unhappiness (grizzly, miserable, cries frequently)
Another point to consider is the use of the word organic on some foods today. There is a massive movement behind purchasing organic foods which is great, however the price is a bit out there and I’m sure that you will agree with me on that!
Now although yes a natural flavour such as Castoreum (Mr Beaver) is organic would you choose a different brand that didn’t contain this ingredient if you knew that it was present.
This is really the whole point of this article, would we all be making different food choices if we was 100% aware of each ingredient? Well the answer is yes for some and no for others and that’s OK and I’m sure that you would agree with me that it would be great to be able to have that choice however unfortunately we don’t really have it.
Is there a way of knowing if a Natural Flavour or any other additive natural or not is affecting me?
As the possible side effects can become apparent anywhere between 30 minutes to 48 hours later makes things a little difficult. You may have a soup containing 635 (Ribonucleotides) for dinner tonight and then suffer sleeping difficulties or diarrhoea tomorrow night and think that the problem came from tomorrow’s dinner!
Having a allergens test may help you identify possible reactions to different foods that may help you become more aware of what could affect you.
How can we avoid Natural Flavours and Natural Colours?
The simple answer is to stop eating foods that are pre packaged, canned, boxed and processed. Instead eat foods in their most natural state and you can get all the nutritional value you need rather than needing to take supplements.
Supplements have a place in some cases however 90% of them are garbage and can be beaten hands down by a well-balanced diet containing both macro and micro nutrients, and of course water. This will result in your food addictions dissipating and you may even drop a dress size or two, and that’s great news.
So next time you pick something up at your local supermarket and it states INGREDIENTS: Apple Slices, Water, Cane Syrup, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Spices, Salt, Natural Flavour and Artificial Flavour. Ask yourself “What is the Natural Flavour that is used here?” and ” am I under the impressions that the natural flavour is natural apple flavour?” or and your response might be “It could it be anything!” as you go and buy some apples instead…
Matthew Goss, Co-Founder Bangin’ Bodz Health & Fitness, Certified Personal Trainer and Member of The International Association For Health Coaches.
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