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What's Really in Your Basket: An Easy to Use Guide to Food Additives & Cosmetic Ingredients: An Easy to Use Guide to Food Additives and Cosmetic Ingredients

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    Bill Statham(Author)

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Do you REALLY know what is in the products that you are buying? Did you know, for example, that colouring in children's sweets, jelly and soft drinks can potentially cause asthma, skin rash and hyperactivity? That common ingredients in personal care products like shampoo and toothpaste have been associated with problems ranging from skin irritation, to breathing difficulties, nausea, increased risk of cancer and blindness? How can you avoid putting harmful additives and chemicals into and onto your body? This user-friendly guide tells you at a glance which additives are hazardous, which are best avoided and which are safe, making it easier to shop for your family. The colour-coded tables provide valuable information about potential health effects and take the mystery out of additives, helping you to choose which products to put in your basket and which to leave on the shelf. This book may seriously improve your health!

"an easy-to-use shopping guide to food additives and cosmetic ingredients"-- Organic and Natural Business, October 2007'Provides invaluable information about the ingredients that can cause nausea, an increased risk of cancer and blindness'-- St Christopher's Inn youth hostel website, July 2007'This compact book is the vital shopping guide that parents...will want in their pocket' --, March 4, 2008'Will help safeguard you and your family's health by providing the right information right when you need it most'--, March 19, 2008'a pocket-sized guide that you can easily consult on your way round the supermarket' -- Solihull Times, 19 December 2008`A book you can slip in your pocket on your way out to the shops' -- Yoga & Health Magazine, November 2007`useful reference book... Helpful colour coding... a comprehensive guide.' -- Families Magazine, October 2008

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Bill Statham(Author)
  • Summersdale (2 July 2007)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science & Nature

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  • By I. R. Bruce on 23 January 2015

    Really helpful, can't believe some of the chemicals in our food and drinks.

  • By Avid Reader on 28 April 2008

    I've always been concerned about the huge list of E-numbers on the back of some food products. What actually are E-numbers and what are they doing to my body?This handy pocket sized book (which fits nicely in a handbag) turned out to be a great buy which tells you all about E numbers used in food and cosmetics.Using a simple 'traffic-light' colour coded system, safe E numbers are highlighted in green, with more questionable ones in yellow and red.Full names and descriptions also help to give a great insight into what is really in your basket!

  • By C. Kyriakos on 10 January 2010

    This book has an exhaustive list of products for both food aditives and cosmetic ingredients. Pick it up and take a look at how many carcinogens and teratogens exist in the products you use every day. I personally keep it with me every time i go shopping, people look at me like im weird when i read the label but the last laugh will literally be mine. I threw out most of my cosmetic products and some of my food because they contained additives i knew nothing about. You will be surprised at how many dangerous chemicals we consume in products deemed as 'safe'. Think that you are living healthy? Think again! You can't live without this book!

  • By Francisca on 9 January 2011

    I bought this book after having read Stefan Gates on E Numbers which I didn't like because it almost glorified E numbers. I much prefer the approach of this book but still I am not too sure about the information contained in it. First of all no one seems to be really sure about how safe the safe additives are and that is clear in this book. Just to give two examples Acetic Acid is considered safe but it can cause skin irritations, hives, skin rash, caused cancer in rats and mice orally and by injection and is harmful to aquatic organisms. Then concerning Ammonium Alginate, alginates can be beneficial for the health but also inhibit absorption of essential nutrients in animal tests so God knows what they can do to humans. And.... they never say that something is safe.... they always say that it is "regarded as safe in food use at low levels". So how safe are these additives exactly? I suppose no one knows but manufacturers have a choice of 10.000 of them! Maybe restrain use of these additives would be a better way of handling this problem? Because after all people are getting more and more ill and that costs not only lots of money but lots of suffering too! I for one try to stay clear of this stuff but it is hardly possible even if you stay away from any processed food and... don't forget that they don't need to mention everything that goes into food, there are situations when they can leave out information. Moreover the E numbers make it even more complicate to know which is which because who can remember most of them? And shopping with a booklet in the hand is for the most of us as a rule also not an option.So, this book is handy to give you an idea about what you are eating and putting on your body, does it answer all the questions regarding safety.... according to me not at all because the truth is that no one knows what is safe and what is not! Another example I have just thought about is the fact that MSG is considered unsafe, and that I knew already, but Magnesium Diglutamate, which contains MSG is considered safe. Ok, maybe it contains the stuff in very small quantities, who is to know but I for one prefer not to take any! Interesting that MSG is found in cosmetics despite the fact that it is supposed to be a flavor enhancer and also in vaccines! Anyway, MGS can be hidden under many names so often you don't know that it is included anyway! Another interesting fact is the harmful coloring in medication, why on earth does medication need to have a nice color and if so why not use harmless, natural colorings? It also seems to sometimes contain MGS.If I could add something else it would be the fact that such bright background colors make it difficult to read the text by dimmer light. With very good light no problem, if you are in a space with less light you might struggle! Maybe a bit lighter background colors would be a good compromise.....Surprising to still find a doctor who cares enough about his patients to do research on what is making them ill and that alone deserves 5 stars! Mostly they don't care anymore, you go there, they prescribe you some pills, if they don't work next time they prescribe a bigger quantity of the same pills or different ones. This doctor is really one in a million and one I would like to come across!

  • By James Sayer on 13 November 2012

    This book is without a doubt the best guide to E numbers to date ! It tells you all the info on what they are , what they do , why they are used (in food and cosmetics) and what effects they may have on the human body ! Ideal for all those who wonder, just what is that E number ? ! Buy this book and youl be very well informd :-)

  • By Gemma pc on 23 November 2012

    I bought this book partly because of the price, and to update a previous edition. It is a very well organised book and you cam see at a glance from the colour coding system of red yellow and green which food additives and cosmetic products are safe to use and which are best to avoid. I.e. red - avoid at all costs amber - use with caution - and green - safe to use on humans. I am currently working on a project on my course that relates to food additives and will get some good use from this book.

  • By J. A. Thurnell-read on 9 March 2012

    This book does exactly what it says. It's easy to use with the entries colour coded red, yellow or green and an Appendix that has definitions for words like buffer.It's quite chunky, but would fit in a bag. Useful when manufacturers sometimes use the E number and sometimes the name.

  • By Taiga on 23 April 2011

    A handy book to have with you when shopping. I found it time-consuming at first but persevered and now its use is almost automatic. Over time you get to recognise the common e-numbers and what they indicate and in a surprisingly short time you don't need to refer to it. Nowadays my copy lives in the car so I can check if I find something exotic which I don't recognise. I've awarded 4 stars. The only drawback is that it doesn't seem to have occurred to the authors to provide a laminated card with the book. E Number and chemical. Perhaps they'll do that for the second edition ?

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