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Food additives

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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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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Food additives | myVMC

Food additives are chemical substances added to foods to improve flavour, texture, colour, appearance and consistency, or as preservatives during manufacturing or processing. Herbs, spices, hops, salt, yeast, water, air and protein hydrolysates are excluded from this definition.

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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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Adverse Reactions to Natural Food Chemicals | myVMC

Some natural food chemicals, in particular salicylates, amines and monosodium glutamate (MSG), can cause reactions in sensitive people, where they are often labeled food intolerances.

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Food intolerances | Women's Health Queensland Wide

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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Alternative Sweeteners

Alternative Sweeteners People living with diabetes can include small amounts of sugar as part of a healthy eating plan

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Natural sugar alternatives | Women's Health Queensland Wide

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

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Food allergy -

A food allergy is an immune response triggered by eating specific foods that cause certain well known symptoms to develop.

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Reactions to food

Information on the foods that commonly cause allergic reactions in babies, how to know if your child has a food allergy, plus links to trusted resources.

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