Whenever we do our shopping, jargon lists of ingredients is imposed on us. Learn how to read a label and how to avoid toxic additives in our supermarket survival guide.


ost of us do not take the time to read the list of ingredients on product labels in supermarkets: too long, too complicated. Yet it is possible to learn to do it, in less than 5 minutes, and derive many benefits. Even if you do not buy products made by large industrial companies, just reading a label can allow you to judge the quality of a product.


Observe the order of ingredients


he ingredients are not written randomly on the labels: the law requires that they are still listed in descending order of weight, that is to say, from most to least abundant. This information is crucial for a list that starts with “sugar” or “water” should inspire distrust. More subtle, if you buy a duck pâté you might be surprised that the first ingredient is pork, duck will arrive in second position …
The list of ingredients also sometimes indicates a percentage, this is a second legal obligation when a product highlights the presence of a particular ingredient. Thus, looking at the composition of the “chopped onion” in the meat department, we read first “beef minced meat (51%), soy rehydrated vegetable protein (26%)”, despite a tantalizing packaging featuring a nice piece of beef. But not only the product does not contain only beef, it also contains all types of beef, and undoubtedly cheaper cuts inexpensive, as evidenced by the plural of the word “meat”.
More generally, the higher the ingredient list, the longer the product has undergone industrial processing and it is better to avoid it. But the ingredients sometimes hide many additives whose toxicity is not always clearly established! While it is impossible to know the meaning of all abbreviations like “E405”, it is possible to carry around a short list of potentially harmful additives to be avoided! You can find monosodium (E 621) for example is used to increase the palatability of food and many experts consider it excitotoxic to neurons. Many people are sensitive and trigger nausea, headache, flushing, malaise, when they eat Asian dishes which often contain a lot. In the US, this additive is ranked on the list of foods that can be derived from GMOs and its presence may be masked by other names. Thus, the following additives always indicate the presence of glutamate: hydrolysed vegetable oil or fat, hydrolyzed protein, gelatin, caseinate, yeast, yeast extract, textured protein, soy protein.


Toxic additives


e went to meet Corinne Gouget, author of the bestseller Food Additives: The essential guide to not poison you. If the class book Vitamin C (E 300) parmiles “questionable additives”, whereas the contrary is recommended daily intake of vitamin C, we are nevertheless agreed with her on many points, as evidenced by the following maintenance.


ABE : What is the most dangerous food additive?

Corinne Gouget : The enemy number 1 is the sweetener: aspartame. It is still necessary to read its presence on the labels! Indeed, the degradation of aspartame in the body gives rise to 10% methanol which degrades to formaldehyde, a substance with the established toxicity and whose direct use is prohibited in many countries. The eyes are the main target of formaldehyde and many researchers now believe that the high consumption of aspartame and repeatedly can reduce visual acuity.

ABE : Will he deceptions in the ingredient lists of products on the market?

Corinne Gouget : Of course. Manufacturers are working design offices to develop packaging and ingredient lists in the most skillful way possible as it is obvious that if people knew what it really was there in a packet of crisps, they do not buy! Glutamate.

For people who buy their products in health food stores, you should be wary of any additives such as soy derived lecithin. Indeed, the charter of organic farming requires that most of the ingredients are from organic but tolerance is allowed for a small amount. Thus, we are left with a lot of additives derived from GM soya without it being mentioned.

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La liste des additifs toxiques a toujours avoir sur soi

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