Do you care about your health or that of your family?

Of course you do!

OK, so that was an easy question to answer. But the next one, which is totally related, might not be...

Do you know what is in the food you buy and eat these days?

We all know that food and health are totally related. We also know that eating good, nutritious food is an essential part of staying healthy.

What many people DON'T know however is just how many chemicals and other substances are added to many of the foods we eat on a daily basis. Nor the effects that many of these can have on our health.

The ADDITIVES UNCOVERED: What's in your food and how it affects you eBook lists all the food additives in use in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and allows you to understand why they are there; and more importantly, what they mean to YOUR health.

Do you really understand the labels on the packaging?

So you take a peek at the label and suddenly you find that you have to make sense of any combination of thousands of names for the substances that are added to our foods.

Any given food additive can appear under many different names and guises; including various chemical names, E-codes in Europe or numerical codes in Australia/New Zealand. What’s even worse is that some may not even be declared on the label at all.

Talk about confusing! But it doesn’t have to be, because...

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED (What's in your food and how it affects you) allows you to easily locate and understand all the food additives, however they may be declared on the label.

“Hang on”, I hear you cry.

Surely the manufacturers know what they are doing?

And what about the authorities; aren’t there laws to protect me?

Well, while the short answer to both of those questions would be YES and YES, things just aren't so simple these days.

Even when you consider the truth of fact that...

SOME ADDITIVES ARE HARMLESS, OTHERS DEFINITELY ARE NOT…

...it’s still not clear-cut. Yes, there are additives that are universally bad for everyone. However the age-old expression “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” has also never been more true, because there are also additives that are perfectly fine for someone else but may in fact still be harmful to you.

So how do you tell?

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED answers all your questions on food additives. The eBook also uncovers all the secrets of the food additive business.

Now let's consider the manufacturer for a moment...

First of all, the manufacturer wants you to buy a product that...

...LOOKS GOOD – that means it must have the right colour.

After all you wouldn’t want to buy orange juice that was brown in colour, would you?

However many of these colours can seriously affect your health, slow down your child’s growth, affect behaviour and even learning ability at school. Knowing this...

WOULD YOU DELIBERATELY BUY ANYTHING THAT COULD BE HARMFUL TO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY?

Next, the manufacturer wants you to buy a product that...

...FEELS GOOD – that means it mustn’t be too runny, too sticky, too soft, too hard etc. Your chocolate cake should be moist but able to be cut into regular slices and not fall apart into crumbs. There are several additives used for this purpose in the manufacturing process:

  • Bulking Agents
  • Emulsifiers
  • Acidity Regulators
  • Anti-caking Agents
  • Anti-foaming Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Glazing Agents
  • Humectants
  • Preservatives
  • Stabilisers
  • Thickening Agents
  • And so on!!!!!

Again, what is good and what is bad?

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED will painlessly take you through this maze and show you what your products contain and which of these additives you should avoid.

Then, the manufacturer wants you to buy a product that...

...TASTES GOOD – so it has the right savoury or sweet properties and will last on the shelf without deteriorating for ages until you buy it. In fact these factors may be achieved by the use of additives such as

  • Flavourings
  • Acids
  • Acidity Regulators
  • Antioxidants
  • Flavour Enhancers
  • Packaging Gases
  • Preservatives
  • Sweeteners
  • Etc

However, included in this group are some really bad guys.

But once again, how do you tell? We’ve already seen that it isn’t always quite as simple as saying this one is good while this one is bad. The fact is that answers frequently depend upon so many personal circumstances.

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED will take you by the hand figuratively and help you to determine for yourself what is suitable for you and your family’s personal circumstances.

Unfortunately many manufacturers simply don’t care whether their product...

...DOES YOU GOOD.

This is not hard to believe once you know that some manufacturers can even add substances to their products that make you crave them more by getting your brain-cells addicted.

Far too many of the food additives in the food we eat these days are quite frankly not good for any of us, while many can actually be bad for those with particular health conditions.

And it doesn’t just stop at health issues.

It’s so easy to inadvertently consume additives that go against personal or religious beliefs. Vegans, vegetarians, those on Halal or Kosher diets are all at risk.

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED looks at individual circumstances to determine when or whether you should or should not consume a particular additive as well as providing watch-lists, tips and suggestions to help you make better choices for you and your family.

So you see...

IT REALLY PAYS TO UNDERSTAND THE LABELS.

OK, so what about those authorities that protect us?

The fact is that authorities world-wide don’t always agree on what is good or bad for you – so there is no universally followed policy. Sure there are guidelines, but it’s entirely possible for an additive to be stated as being OK in the USA but happens to be banned in Europe or the UK.

HOW CAN THE SAME ADDITIVE BE BAD IN ONE COUNTRY AND GOOD IN ANOTHER?

Even when the scientific advice is perfectly sound, and vast amounts of medical research indicate that a food additive is potentially harmful to us, final policy decisions most often than not fall to Governmental authorities who then may also have economical or political pressures to consider.

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED will easily take you through the problems no matter where you live and tell you straight what is wrong with any additive and what affect it can have on you.

WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT DOES US GOOD

And ADDITIVES UNCOVERED will provide YOU with a strategy that fits your own requirements.

IS THERE A MEDICAL CONDITION TO CONSIDER?

For example, if you have a heart problem, don’t you NEED TO KNOW whether what you are eating is harming you?

Or if someone in the family has a predisposition to getting cancer, would you not want to know what additives to avoid?

Wouldn’t you like to know which additives to avoid if you have an existing condition or are worried about developing anything related to:

  • Eyes
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Hyperactivity
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Pregnancy
  • Etc

I am sure you'll agree that...

IT IS BETTER TO PREVENT THAN TO LATER LAMENT.

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED identifies clearly and easily what you should avoid for these and many more conditions. All of this is based upon medical research from all over the world.

Wouldn’t you want to know whether recent research indicates that you shouldn’t ingest a particular chemical because of its discovered dangers?

Shouldn’t you know that an additive is banned in one country yet approved elsewhere? Will you risk your health unnecessarily?

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED helps you address these issues, providing you with clear-cut strategies for dealing with these and other problems.

I’M A VEGETARIAN… What do I need to know about the food additives that I eat?

I’M A VEGAN… What are the differences for me in what I should not consume compared to a Vegetarian?

MY RELIGION ABSOLUTELY FORBIDS THE CONSUMPTION OF CERTAIN THINGS… How do I know which food additives are permissible for me to eat if I am on a Kosher or Halal diet?

MY CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOUR IS UNCONTROLLABLE OR THEY ARE DOING BADLY AT SCHOOL… How do I know if what I am giving them to eat may actually be harming them, causing temper-tantrums, or even affecting their learning ability?

AM I POISONING MYSELF WITHOUT KNOWING IT?… How can I tell if any food additives are actually harmful? Do I really understand the labels on the packet?

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED can provide you with everything you always wanted to know about food additives in a way that is easy to understand and quick to use as your reference book on a daily basis.

When you are an informed shopper, you can make better decisions affecting your purchasing choices.

ADDITIVES UNCOVERED
(What's in your food and how it affects you)

  • Deals comprehensively with all food additives in use throughout the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Has an easy to use system that allows you to see at a glance whether each additive poses a potential threat to you, your children, or is against your beliefs.
  • Lists and cross-references the multiple names for each additive to make it easy to quickly identify any additive no matter where you live.
  • Examines every single additive in detail and provides recommendations to meet the needs of all consumers. You’ll discover what products are likely to contain certain additives as well as easy to remember guidelines to make shopping easier.
  • Offers lists, tips and suggestions to cater for many different health problems, dietary concerns, children, beliefs and more.
  • Allows you to increase the power you have over food marketers as well as your own health.
  • Is packed full of interesting anecdotal snippets as well so it is not only informative but also fun to use.


Additives Uncovered "Free to Share & Care" edition (FULL / unabridged)

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I believe in helping people in the ways that I know how, using the tools that I have at my fingertips. I believe in sharing, and in caring. I believe in a world where money doesn't have to be an obstacle to getting the tools you need to live life the way you want to live it. This is why I have created the "Free to Share & Care" edition, which is a complete/full edition of the eBook on PDF.

Basically, what this means is that the eBook is provided to you free of charge; you may share it and give it away freely, so long as it is done so in its original form, unaltered and in its entirety and that you do not charge anything for it (it must remain free). If you find it useful, or just like the idea of “Free to Share & Care”, help me to keep it alive – pass the book on to others that may find it useful and also consider helping me out. You can do that by buying the Kindle version on Amazon (it is exactly the same book), by making a PayPal donation to lucan(DOT)baldacchino(AT)hotmail(DOT)com or even by sending your encouraging words to that same email address, or by posting them here or the Additives Uncovered Facebook Page.

I hope this work touches your life in a positive way.

With Love,
Lucan

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What On Earth Was I Thinking?

Perhaps by reading this article you will find that it is an insight not only into who I am, but also allow a glimpse as to what the book is all about.

As I was writing this book on additives there were a few major personal philosophies that I constantly kept in mind and which helped to shape the end result.

I think it's really important to make informed decisions - especially when we're talking about our health.

We eat every day, right? So what could be more important than paying attention to what we're eating (or giving our family)?

I believe that people are different, we all have our own circumstances - and "the one size fits all" mentality doesn't always cut it.

When it comes to additives, one may be problematic for a certain person but not so for another (others are just downright best avoided by everyone)

I also turned the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Stupid) into my own personal mantra. 

I wanted to help people understand Food Additives without them requiring chemistry degrees or other advanced knowledge. And I wanted the information to be really easy to find.

Helpful, useful, practical - BUT NOT BORING! 

And so apart from an abundance of tips, shopping lists and down to earth information on every additive in use in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, I also made sure to add lots of trivia at the bottom of most pages. I know that if they're half as interesting to read as they were to write - they're gonna be a hit!

These were the things on my mind when writing it. What's important to you? What are your thoughts on this book? I'd love to hear.

Nothing Tame About Aspartame

If I were to tell you that Aspartame was once submitted to US Congress as part of a list of potential biological warfare candidates you probably wouldn't believe me, unless of course you'd already seen the looooong list of negative health effects associated with the stuff...

So what's actually so bad about this innocent sounding sweetener?

Well, there are the downright annoying conditions that have been linked to Aspartame, and there are the majorly life-changing and fatal conditions that have been associated with the stuff. There's cancer, allergic reactions, migraines, multiple sclerosis and false diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, increased risk of heart disease, parkinson's, depression and even addiction, to name but a few. The tip of the iceberg really. Did you know that the FDA is reported to receive more complaints and incidents relating to Aspartame than all other additives combined? [Note: This is not to be read as an indication that all other additives are hunky-dory; they're not.] And if this wasn't bad enough, the effects of Aspartame can increment drastically when it's consumed in conjunction with certain other additives.

So there's a list of health concerns longer than both of our arms put together. But what about the benefits?

Let me start by asking you a question. What is Aspartame's main selling point? Why do people buy products that contain this artificial sweetener? (OK, so that's two questions - but they're related.) You got it: Aspartame sells because people want to lose weight!

Unfortunately, Aspartame may actually fall short on even delivering that! Compare the caloric value of two products, one with Aspartame and one with another sweetener such as sugar, and Aspartame seems to be a clear winner. But to many people that's actually quite the Trojan Horse. Most diets and nutritionists will tell you that excessive carbohydrate consumption is a weight-watcher's worst enemy, and yet Aspartame can actually trigger carbohydrate cravings that can see you effortlessly putting back on the weight that took you so much effort to lose in the first place. And if you're having a hard time digesting that, consider the fact that many health experts actually advise people to consume carbohydrates inmediately before any intake of Aspartame. Why? Because the boost in glucose levels the carbs produce helps lessen the noxious effects of Aspartame. Notice I used the word "lessen"; not "prevent".

If Aspartame concerns you (and it really should!), I would recommend you read more about it in the book "Additives Uncovered: What's in your food and how it affects you", however there are things you can start doing right now:

  • Avoid products with the words "light", "diet", "low-calorie" or "lite" as these are fair indicators that aspartame is present.
  • Despite the above tip, read the label - it really is the best way of all to avoid an additive.
  • If you do still consume Aspartame, do so in conjunction with a carbohydrate snack or a meal with carbohydrates in it, you really don't want low glucose levels when you consume this artificial sweetener.

Uninvited Tea Guests

Most of us love a good cup of tea; whether black, green, white, blue or yellow, it's refreshing, aromatic, and it's healthy to boot! Or is it?

Well, yes. But what you're getting with your tea might not be.

Many of us drink tea on a regular basis, either because of our cultural heritage or because of the innumeral health benefits teas possess. And so naturally, as something that is consumed on such a regular basis, I feel it's worth it to be selective. (Which means doing the homework!)

You see, even when it comes to this healthy beverage, there are factors that we need to be aware of: tea bags, tea filters and tea quality

The problem with tea bags is that they are often made from some or other variety of plastic; and while we assume that food grade plastics are safe to consume, anyone who's read my book on food additives will already know the health hazards that BPA (Bisphenol-A) and BPS (Bisphenol-S),two substances associated with many plastics, pose to us when they leech into the food and drink we consume. Let's add to that the fact that even non-BPA/non-BPS containing plastics can start to degrade further as temperatures rise. They're not going to melt in your tea, but boiling water is enough to start degrading even some of the safest plastics used in food. Which means you could be regularly consuming plastic particles...Does that sound like something you want to do?

Not to worry, I hear you say, the brand of tea I consume uses paper in its tea bags, not plastic. Well, actually that may not be much good either. You see, many paper filters/bags are treated with a compound that is also often used as a pesticide. Except that it's used in tea bags to prevent the paper fibres from tearing apart and also happens to have the nasty habit of turning into a carcinogenic compound when it enters into contact with water.

And if worrying about the bags (I say bags, but you can apply the above to all sorts of paper/plastic filters too) wasn't enough, it would seem that we should really try to buy better quality teas too. It would seem that many low-cost teas contain very high fluoride levels. This is because as tea leaves grow they tend to accumulate more and more fluoride over time, and it's these old leaves that are used in lower-grade tea. Now, regardless of my poor personal opinion on fluoride, most dentists and doctors would agree that small amounts of the substance is beneficial to health, particularly that of teeth and gums. However, above a certain amount (3 to 4 miligrams per day) can have a detrimental affect on health; even that of teeth and gums which it reportedly protects! Well, considering that the average cup (250ml) of economy-grade tea contains 1.5 miligrams of fluoride, it's not going to many cups (and fewer mugs still) of tea to go over that daily limit. Then there's the fact that tap water also happens to be flouridated, the toothpaste we use daily is also heavily fluoridated... It all adds up surprisingly fast, right?

So what can we do? First of all, if you only use an occasional tea bag, then don't get paranoid - the stress from worry is probably going to do you worse. If you do drink tea regularly, then buying loose, quality tea is worth it, it's not only going to be your taste-buds that thank you for it. Brew teas at the temperatures they really require (which is not always 100 degrees as some manufacturers seem to believe); tea connoisseurs already know that brewing the different coloured teas at the appropriate temperatures impacts flavour and aids in releasing beneficial compounds. Without getting too technical, black and oolong teas prefer boiling water, white teas prefer lower temperatures (80-85 celcius) and green teas even lower (75-80 celcius). If you don't have a kitchen thermometer, water is around 80 degrees celsius when small bubbles start to push away from the sides of the surface of the water.

Keep on drinking tea, it's good for you; it just happens to be so much better when there aren't any uninvited guests lurking in your cup of tea. (Or knocking at your door when you've only just sat down to enjoy a cuppa.)

Your Choice, Your Power

Picture for a moment a sleeping elephant that is constantly and slowly being pinched by an army of ants. For an outside observer it would seem like the ants are in control, that is of course until the elephant wakes up...

Everyday we eat things without giving it much thought. We happily and inherently trust that these products are OK and that others, be it industry, government, or some watchdog or another, are ensuring that everything's safe. We get ill, so do our kids, and even when certain conditions start to become far more frequent like allergies, digestive disorders, cancer... we seem to accept this as a part of life and rarely wonder why. And so, wrapped in our blankets of ignorance, we are like that sleeping elephant.

And while we sleep, manufacturers and chemical corporations with money on their mind are slowly pinching and eating away at us with certain harmful food additives, with their poisonous pesticides that even affect the nutritional value (or worse) of the plants they are supposed to protect, with their Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) such as those found in most US produced corn and soy that can harm, weaken and kill us and the livestock we consume, and can even pass their genetic mutations onto the beneficial bacteria in our gut and turn them into perpetual toxin factories inside of us. All this happening for no good reason other than to sell more products, cut costs, make money. These ants don't really care about the elephant at all, they just want a big chunk of it.

All it takes to wake-up and remove those blankets of ignorance is for us to choose to do so. It's something we need to do, for ourselves and especially for our children's sake. Let us choose to be informed and know what we are eating and just how it affects us, let us choose non-GMO products, let's choose exactly which additives we are comfortable with. It really doesn't take that much to get manufacturers to change their ingredients, whether they're additives or GMO-derived ingredients; all it takes is for them to face a small profit loss. And although it only takes a small number of us to make changes happen, I believe we should all make it a PRIORITY to exercise our power of choice and help bring about these much needed changes sooner.

It's time for the elephant to wake-up.

As a final note, I'd like to recommend a documentary on GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) entitled "The Genetic Roulette" which is being screened free of charge for the next few days here. If you are not lucky enough to get to the free screening in time, it may be well worth your time and money (particularly US residents who are most affected by GMOs) to purchase a copy of the documentary. I'm not recommending this to earn a commission - in fact I don't get one - but rather because I feel people really need to know about this sort of thing and start exercising their power of choice.

Chemically-Induced Parkinson's Disease

Chances are you already know someone with Parkinson's Disease - Unfortunately for us it's not something rare that happens to someone else but in fact is quite easy to develop if you don't watch what you eat.

Here's an example. According to over 100 scientific studies, several pesticides commonly used on fruit and vegetables are able to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's by as much as 58%. Read that again and let it really sink in.

Of course that large risk increase isn't yet taking into account any of the food additives that are also associated with Parkinson's and other degenerative diseases, aspartame being a prime example (unfortunately one of many). Combine the two and you've got yourself a veritable chemical cocktail that can knock your chances of developing Parkinson's or any other debilitating condition through the roof. And to make matters worse, these chemicals (both additives and pesticides) are all over the place and so easy to consume unless you watch what you eat.

Taking care in what we eat has never been more important, and let's face it - most food companies are all about profits, so it's all really down to us. Make sure you're well informed as to what may be hazardous to your health (anyone that could use a bit of help with that should probably consider getting a copy of "Additives Uncovered: What's in your food and how it affects you".), buy organic fruit and vegetables if you can (if you ever thought about it but couldn't justify the extra cost, then maybe after reading this article you'll want to reconsider.)

If you don't want to end up with chemically-induced Parkinson's Disease (or worse) - then it's time to take action!