Eat Safe: The Truth About Additives From Aspartame to Xanthan Gum Paperback – Dec 9 2008
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This is not really a book you read all at once. It is more like a dictionary of food additives. Everything is organized from A-Z and each entry is color coded and has a frowning face, a happy face and a blank looking face. This helps you to quickly see if an additive is dangerous, good for you or suspect. Two frowning faces mean something is hazardous while two happy faces mean something is very beneficial. Although I was surprised that "agar" had a happy face while there is a note that it is mildly toxic if ingested.
Each entry has a space for the name, function, code (a face), potential effects, possible food use and "other uses." Like for example "aspartame" is an artificial sweetener that may cause fatigue, irritability, headaches, MS-like symptoms, depression, anxiety, vision problems, dizziness and more. It can be found in anything sugar-free and is also used in medications for children. After reading all this you may consider just consuming a little sugar now and then.
Some of the more surprising bits of information was that phenylalanine is used in hair conditioner. It has a safe happy face next to it but there is a warning that it shouldn't be taken if you have phenylketonuria. Did you know that some lipstick contains caffeine? You may also want to avoid canola/rapeseed oil after reading this book.
I've only been using this book for a week and already have found it to be very helpful. This has definitely made me a more conscious consumer. I wish I'd had a copy of this book years ago!
~The Rebecca Review
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