Additives & labels

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Health Halo overload

I’ve never seen so many nutrition claims on one pack before! Here in my hand is a bag of corn chips that has just about every Health Halo you can think of, starting with ‘certified organic’ (not simply ‘organic’); and working through ‘gluten-free’, ‘no flavours or colours’ and a long list of ‘Free-froms’ (e.g. no dairy, sugar, soy, wheat, egg or MSG). But once you strip those away, what you’re left with is a packet of plain old corn chips with just as much fat, as much...

10 February 2016 by Catherine Saxelby

No more Tick! What were they thinking?

No more Tick! What were they thinking?

This week on the 8th December 2015, the Heart Foundation announced it is retiring the red Tick after 26 years! Retiring it in favour...

10 December 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

5 label claims you need to be wary of

5 label claims you need to be wary of

Do you check the label for fat before you buy? Or do the words “No cholesterol” or “Fat-free” persuade you that a product is...

9 September 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

What is inulin?

What is inulin?

You’ve seen it on the labels of liquid breakfasts, meal replacement shakes, protein drinks, muesli bars and high-fibre yoghurts....

11 February 2015 by Catherine Saxelby

How to create your own Ingredient List

How to create your own Ingredient List

Ever wondered how food manufacturers work out their long lists of ingredients? You know those lists of what’s in the packet or jar...

12 November 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Sugar loves fat and refined starch

Is sugar the culprit? Is sugar to blame as the major cause of obesity, diabetes and insulin sensitivity? I argue that it’s not JUST...

5 November 2014 by Catherine Saxelby