Friday, 20 June 2008

Color of Money

Back around Xmess time I have reported feeling really bad after eating Doritos. A while later I have reported the results of internal research done at this blogger’s lab, which seemed to have indicated my problems were the result of MSG. Recently, however, the plot thickened. MSG still tops my food hit list, but it seems like it’s no longer on its own there.

A couple of weeks ago, an article in an IT bulletin I regularly read reported several food additives normally used for coloring have been banned in certain countries. It seems like the statistics indicate these additives are related to attention deficit disorders, in particular with kids.
At this point I have to report that luckily for us, these additives have not been banned in Australia. We will have our food colored by hook or by crook!
Jo jumped on the web to check out what these additives are, so here they are in the various names they commonly take cover as:

Yellow 5 - E102
Red 40 - E129
Blue 1 - E133
Blue 2 - E132
Green 3 - E143
Orange B
Red 3 - E127
Yellow 6 - E110

The common element about all these nice additives is that they are either synthetic, or, like the majority of the listed additives, they are made of coal tar. Got it? Coal. Tar.
The shit they get out of coal is being added to our food and we’re all expected to be just fine about it. With that knowledge in mind it sort of figures why they’re not that good for human consumption; the surprising thing is that companies actually got/get away stuffing us with coal tar poison for years. Then again, money can do that.
A quick look at our kitchen drawers has revealed the above additives lurking in packs of jelly, oriental noodles, and other sorts of candies. Jo also reports these additives are commonly used in glazing (as in the top of your average donut). And yes, you can find them in Doritos, too.


Moshe Reuveni said...

Since writing the post, we've discovered the following additional culprits hiding in the supermarket shelves:
-Indian tikka masala sauce.
-Rice crackers of various types, including some sold as health food.
-Pretty much all candies that comes in a variety of colors, including marshmallows (go for the white ones), M&M's and all the rest of the mixed colored chocolates.

Wicked Little Critta said...

Not M&Ms, nooooo!
Thanks for the warning anyway. At least I'll know where the lack of attention comes from.
Wait, does this mean that I should only be eating the brown M&Ms now? The Wedding Planner was right??

Moshe Reuveni said...

I'm sorry to say I haven't watched Wedding Planner. Given your feedback, the chances of me watching it have actually gone slimmer...
On a more serious note, my conclusion is that it's the shit foods that we should best avoid. Cast in point - M&M. I'm not talking about it not being the healthiest thing you can it; I'm just saying that if you really want chocolate, why not go for good chocolate as opposed to some colored chemicals?

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