Any other Food nuts here?

Uraeus

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I have been wondering this as of late, since when I go shopping I find I'm the only
person reading the the ingredients on the packaging before placing it in my trolley. :whistling:

I eat 'fresh' fruit and veg more often than not, simply because boxed/canned food is off putting.

I simply cant stand the idea of having to eat something, with some of these ingredients, such
as MSG, sodium benzoate/benzoic acids, non nutritive sweeteners (aspartame), BPA etc

Drives me nuts when ingredients list items such as "Permitted colorants and flavorants",
doesn't that just freak you out? :erm:

I had some cousins from Ireland come down earlier this year and they were surprised at the things
we get on our shelves.

The EU been banning certain colorants, emulsifiers, preservatives etc,
and was wondering, why doesn't south africa or other countries for that matter, follow suit?

Does our little third world need more time to catch up, or will the consumer just always be expected to feed on whatever they are given, even though it may possibly be poisoning us.

How many of you guys and gals are concerned with what you eat, and what are the things that
you look out to avoid when shopping.

Just about anything these days has been linked to something or another, I cant stand it :sick:
Is this is the sacrifice we have made to live the life of a consumer?

Feels like a form of passive eugenics :sick:
 

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Dude, food is far better in SA than many places around the world, including the US. Count yourself lucky to have the fresh fruit and veg and the quality of meat that you do. What store did you take your cousins to? Where do they normally shop in Ireland? I can tell you now that if you're from SA, shop at WW and go to a discount store even in the EU you will be shocked by the quality.

Two other points:

1. MSG - you mean ADDED MSG right? Because MSG is in a load of things. Tomatoes are one of the richest natural sources of MSG.

2. Sodium benzoate has never been proven scientifically to have any ill effects.
 

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Took my cousins to a local pic n pay, they were freaked out by the name, at first thought that you literally pick food out the ground, then pay for it,lol.

Thanks for those points :) I never knew about tomatoes have MSG, I love tomatoes.

In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate does form benzene, a known carcinogen; however the levels are below those considered dangerous for consumption [8]. Heat, light and shelf life can affect the rate at which benzene is formed.

Professor Peter James Piper of the University of Sheffield claims that sodium benzoate by itself can damage and inactivate vital parts of DNA in a cell's mitochondria. Mitochondria consume oxygen to generate ATP, the body's energy currency. If they are damaged due to disease, the cell malfunctions and may enter apoptosis. There are many illnesses now tied to DNA damage, including Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, but above all, the aging process in general.
-Wiki

I always seem so have a hard time finding an orange juice that does not have this preservative in it. Surely no carcinogens are better than "below those considered dangerous for consumption", over extended periods of time.

I dont want to argue, was just wondering if there are any other forumites who have similar concerns.
 

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I avoid aspartame, MSG doesn't concern me too much and neither does GM food.

I always read the ingredients--as a vegetarian I avoid food containing gelatine and animal rennet.
 

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Weird, I am totally into animal rennet.

What I find alarming is the number of products "which may contain trace nuts". When I was a kid, only nuts contained nuts. FFS, even bought a new HDD for my server, yep, 'may contain trace nuts'. wtf?
 

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I have been wondering this as of late, since when I go shopping I find I'm the only
person reading the the ingredients on the packaging before placing it in my trolley. :whistling:

I eat 'fresh' fruit and veg more often than not, simply because boxed/canned food is off putting.

Same here, don't eat any processed meats other than salami or ham. Don't eat any ready-made dinners. Don't eat any frozen boxed stuff or frozen veggies. People say they use it because it's "quick" or "convenient". What could be quicker and more convenient than putting pre-packed veg in a steamer and grilling a steak or chicken breast. 20 minutes from start to finish for a healthier meal than any of those mince/tuna/lasagne-mates.
 

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I am becoming more and more conscious of this
I bought a huge bag of Checkers choice muesli and the stuff basically looks frosted with sugar, which I think is the preservative sodium :mad:


I avoid aspartame, MSG doesn't concern me too much and neither does GM food.

I always read the ingredients--as a vegetarian I avoid food containing gelatine and animal rennet.

Lol a vegetarian lycanthropist
 
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We never buy any frozen veg except peas...steak we get from a farmer, proper veg from Fruit and veg.
Chicken we get from PnP or Spar, and boerewors of course - I am keen to start buying my meat from our local butcher, I'm sure the quality will be a lot better.
 

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I avoid aspartame, MSG doesn't concern me too much and neither does GM food.

I always read the ingredients--as a vegetarian I avoid food containing gelatine and animal rennet.


A year ago i called Pick n Pay to inform them that gelatin( bovine) labeling on their food products should be marked accordingly.Alot folks dont really know what gelatin is, im glad to note that Pic n Pay notified their suppliers and the change was effective a month later and on all new products.
 

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Took my cousins to a local pic n pay, they were freaked out by the name, at first thought that you literally pick food out the ground, then pay for it,lol.

Not to be rude, but why would they think that?

Have they never travelled outside Ireland or at least did a bit of armchair traveling ?

They sound like the brigade of people that thought gold can be found in the streets of JHB and wild life roam freely in the suburbs.
 

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Weird, I am totally into animal rennet.

What I find alarming is the number of products "which may contain trace nuts". When I was a kid, only nuts contained nuts. FFS, even bought a new HDD for my server, yep, 'may contain trace nuts'. wtf?

LOL. Reminds me of the instructions you find on peanuts -"Open Packet. Eat Nuts"

I think for those types of warnings they have to state it, if its made in a factory that also makes things with nuts in them. They might as well add "May contain traces of spiders"
 

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Uniliver - Robinson's Spices sells Zeal, which is MSG in crystal form...

This stuff should get banned

MSG you find in everything, even tomatoes. Well I guess it hasnt been refined and concentrated in tomatoes.. When I went to lunch the other day, ordered
calamari I think it was, and they bring these hot chips caked in this bright orange seasoning.

Simply asked the waiter "Bring me the container of the spice which you used to season these chips". Waiter declined, so I asked for new chips without spice.

Saw the same thing at pic n pay, lady was trying to sell some Floyds spices in the Isle on a table. So goto the table to check them out, busy listening to her pitch, pick up the container,
read "monosodium glutamate", put it down, and walk away.

Just like how when you buy food at a stall or whatever, and they burn it and pass it to you with a smile..Need to tell the guy
"Uhm, no carbon please", then they grunt at you cause you were the only consumer who spoke up.

Drives me nutty!
 

Uraeus

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Same here, don't eat any processed meats other than salami or ham. Don't eat any ready-made dinners. Don't eat any frozen boxed stuff or frozen veggies. People say they use it because it's "quick" or "convenient". What could be quicker and more convenient than putting pre-packed veg in a steamer and grilling a steak or chicken breast. 20 minutes from start to finish for a healthier meal than any of those mince/tuna/lasagne-mates.

When I was younger I used to really enjoy the convenience of boxed meals like mince mate etc, and dam those things were tassssty! Uhm, we all know why "Flavor Enhancer -MSG"
We do all our own cooking, besides getting already prepared woolworths meals every blue moon. Freshly prepared food, is just WOW. Really blows you away, that is what it is meant to be like.

It is the whole supply and demand thing, i.e. Need to feed Lots of people, thus the process (boxed meals, fast foods etc) comes to play.
 

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A year ago i called Pick n Pay to inform them that gelatin( bovine) labeling on their food products should be marked accordingly.Alot folks dont really know what gelatin is, im glad to note that Pic n Pay notified their suppliers and the change was effective a month later and on all new products.

That is impressive! I am glad to see that they did that, well dont for contacting them!
 

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Not to be rude, but why would they think that?

Have they never travelled outside Ireland or at least did a bit of armchair traveling ?

They sound like the brigade of people that thought gold can be found in the streets of JHB and wild life roam freely in the suburbs.

:) It was their first time in south africa, i.e. they still had the "lions are roaming in the streets" mentality. So yep, picking things out the ground wasnt a big stretch! :)
 

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What's wrong with MSG's? People are getting hysterical over nothing.

I love Aromat on my chips & egss. I don't have those often though but when I do I need Aromat.
 

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What's wrong with MSG's? People are getting hysterical over nothing.

I love Aromat on my chips & egss. I don't have those often though but when I do I need Aromat.

If you're to believe the paranoia here, you should be clinically dead :D
 
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