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by Christine Hoza Farlow

Lists common food additives and offers information about possible side effects and safety concerns to consider when selecting healthy food.
Download Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide to What's Safe & What's Not (2004 Revised Edition) epub
ISBN: 0963563556
ISBN13: 978-0963563552
Category: Cookbooks
Subcategory: Cooking Education & Reference
Author: Christine Hoza Farlow
Language: English
Publisher: KISS For Health Publishing; Revised edition (April 2004)
Pages: 80 pages
ePUB size: 1976 kb
FB2 size: 1617 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 243
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This little book packs a little punch - and more importantly, doesn't pull too many regarding Genetically Modified Foods. But I agree with the one and three star reviewers that we need something a bit more up to date; and I would add, something more in-depth. For instance, much has changed since 2007 and there are now plenty of conclusive studies showing the toxins and dangers of eating GM foods, which isn't mentioned in this book. Hopefully, if there is another edition the author will include more specific health dangers directly associated with GMO's. GM corn for instance has been found to have male sterility properties (and fertility rates have indeed suffered dramatically since the introduction of GM foods). The author states it is estimated that about 70% all US commercially grown corn is GM. That was in 2007. That number has grown to nearly 100% in 2012. The author's short list of GM foods also needs to be expanded to include, among others, more information on farmed raised salmon, GE hormone rBGH/rBST injected into cows that are also fed GM grains and hay, and the most recent genetic modification in the midst of winning full Congressional approval is genetically modified salmon that reach monstrous sizes in extremely short growing periods. This is thought to be the precursor to genetically modified farm animals - all intended to increase production and profit at great cost to the health of the consumer.

A daunting task by any measure, the author has classified over 1000 commonly used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions, and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. But contrary to popular belief, the FDA is not our friend. To use the FDA guidelines in determining what is safe and what is toxic is as risky as nourishing yourself according to the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). An unfortunate follower of such guidelines will more often than not face unnecessary suffering and untimely death through disease and malnourishment. Another shortcoming of this book is it only shows carcinogenic (cancer) dangers associated with substances based solely on IARC (the International Agency for Research on Cancer). This is a start, but there are many other well-founded and accepted studies showing great danger and toxicity in MANY of the additives for which the IARC has given a free pass. No additional studies or recommendations are included in this book.

I purchased 5 of these books to give as gifts to my grown sons. It was probably a waste of money as this really isn't much of a shopping guide as some of the reviews have stated. It's a good start - and the list is impressively extensive - but there is much more information known on the toxic side effects of many of these chemicals that has been largely ignored here. A plus for this book is that it includes the labeling guide for fresh produce. Just about every piece of fruit has a little PLU (product look-up) sticker on it: 4 digits is conventionally grown; 5 digits starting with an 8 is Genetically Modified; and 5 digits starting with a 9 is organic. I once read a little rhyme that helped me remember this: "4 is a bore, 8 I hate, 9 is mine!" The author's warning to pay attention to theses stickers is good advice, as she points out food can get moved around or mis-advertised. (E.G. Signage advertised as organic when in fact the sticker might say otherwise.)

I forgot to mention I purchased a copy of this little book for myself that I use for quick reference; but that is all it is - a quick reference and a jumping-off point at a nice price. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find anything better on the market today. While this book can serve as a handy little starting point, for more information (especially if you are suffering from disease, or raising children, or just interested in optimizing your health and preventing disease down the road) I recommend checking out Gary Null's books and videos and subscribing to Dr. Mercola's twice weekly emails. Although I am not a big fan of all the Mercola products or some outside products that he also endorses on his site, his team of researchers are top notch and his extensive library of articles is worth researching. There are many great resources out there for an over-all education on healthy eating. Pick up the "freebies" - those free health publications usually available at your local health food Store. My favorite periodical is "Well Being Journal". it's not free, and it's not a slick, full color, magazine, but it will definitely keep you up to date on the latest and greatest in the healthy-living world.

Here's the 'skinny'('what I've learned in 30 years of research')- avoid all prepared foods, along with sugar, excessive use of salt (use Himalayan or Celtic if you can), and eat only freshly prepared, organic meals, and you won't really need this book much. Avoiding foods cooked or baked at high temperatures and drinking only clean spring or well water, or reverse osmosis filtered water that has been fortified with some minerals, is the icing on the cake. If you're really committed you might even consider researching raw foods (full throttle or modified) as a way to go. Find your own path; no one has all the answers that will work for everyone. Educate yourself constantly on the ever-unfolding information available to us and try not to depend on just one book. But where "additives" are concerned, if you want to start somewhere, until something better comes along, I guess here is as good as anywhere.
For starters, when I use this book as a reference, 100% of the "All-natural", 'Organic' foods that claim "NO MSG" did in fact have it! It is my understanding that according to the FDA, if a food product contains 98% of MSG or less, they can claim that it has 'NO MSG'. There are many sources to find out the many forms of it, and this book lists those that I've found. And why it can occur naturally through various processing methods, it is what it is. Absolutely amazing.

The guide fits in a back pocket or purse and is an invaluable resource. I would even suggest having one in your kitchen and a second copy in your car (or scooter). I'm sure some other source SOMEWHERE has similar information, but I haven't found a resource that cross references itself in a basic format, with terse language (exactly what you need when shopping).

The sad part about this though is that I ONLY purchase 'whole', 'organic', 'healthier' snacks, and ALL the chips and cookies fail her additives test, quite poorly actually. Lesson learned: If I want high-quality goodies without fillers, seems like I'm gonna have to make 'em myself!!!
This little book is packed with helpful information. It guides, educates, and gives you the heads up when it comes to shopping. I keep a copy in my glove box in my car to grab when I go to the grocery store. I think that everyone who eats, needs to know the dangers of food additives--they're in virtually everything we eat! This little book will help you assess the risks and make informed decisions on your purchases.
Although my edition is the original one, I highly recommend this little book. Anyone who takes the responsibility of buying food for him/herself and/or others should have this book as a guide. It gives the bottom line of what many of the common chemicals that are used in the processing of our foods do to our bodies. You don't have to be a phD to understand what's spelled out so well in this pocket size book, you only have to have the courage to follow its inherent message and be well on your way to being healthy again.
I handed this over to my daughter-in-law. We look at our grandson and then decided to "educate" her. She is still shocked over the crap no the poisons that are in everything including vitamins.
If people would simply grow their own or FIND a farmer to grow REAL food for you then they the entity that is poisoning us will go out of business.
Make bakery with millet and flax seed (whole and ground) this bread is life. Dump the white stuff and the raped wheat stuff. As a base I use chappati flour as my base. I put coconut flour, oat, then I cook with coconut oil.
Don't eat it, don't buy it, don't encourage them. Do it yourself or find a farmer.
I would wash my vegetables with baking soda to ensure that Fukushima dropping as washed off your veggies especially if they are from the west coast. Heads up.
This is a practical handbook for the layperson and as well, the health professional to use while shopping and teaching others factual data of what is in the food items they are purchasing. This book has a simple approach and easy to carry size making it a good choice. The alert to the label designation of genetically modified '8' on fresh produce is a valuable community service. Thank you Christine for the tip on 'salted fish' being a carcinogen. This is entirely true! The fish lie is exposed in my ebook 'There's Fishy Business Going On' for the public review. Thank you Christine for your public service, I do recommend this useful book for others.
I couldn't find this item in stores and of course, Amazon to the rescue! I bought this and love the key that it has in it to explain how the additives affect you, not just what they are. The size is very convenient too. I carry it everywhere I go, in my purse.