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Food additives

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Food additives

Food additives are substances added to some foods to keep them fresh or improve their colour, flavour, texture or appearance.

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Can food additives affect my childs behaviour? Dietitians Association of Australia

Can food additives affect my childs behaviour? For most people, foods with additives are perfectly safe and there is no need to worry about eating them as part of a healthy, varied diet

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Food intolerances | Women's Health Queensland Inc

It is not just artificial food additives that can cause food intolerances.

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Flavouring food without salt | The Heart Foundation

Cut down on salt today by using these salt substitutes to flavour your food.

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Avoiding Triggers - Headache Australia

Factors that trigger migraines vary. Identifying triggers are complicated by the fact that it often takes a combination to set off a migraine.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Chewing chewing gum

Chewing gum has been around for many thousands of years

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Alternative Sweeteners

Alternative Sweeteners This fact sheet provides information on alternative sweeteners

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Natural sugar alternatives | Women's Health Queensland Inc

We examine popular natural sweeteners to see how healthy they really are.

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Whats the difference between food allergy and food intolerance? Dietitians Association of Australia

Whats the difference between food allergy and food intolerance? Food allergies and intolerances are often confused, as their symptoms can seem similar

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Are artificial sweeteners safe to eat? Dietitians Association of Australia

Are artificial sweeteners safe to eat? Before artificial sweeteners (or intense sweeteners) could be added to foods andsold in supermarkets in Australia, theFood Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)tested them to make sure they are safe to eat

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