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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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Food additives, labels and regulations | Raising Children Network

A list of the most common food additives and their uses in commercial and domestic food preparation. Includes information on how safe food additives are, and food regulations and standards.

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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 Wide

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

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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 labels: What they really mean | Women's Health Queensland Wide

The multitude of labels on supermarket products can be confusing. Here is our guide to common food label claims.

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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 labelling

Food labels provide you with enough information to make an informed choice when you buy food.

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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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