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Trying to buy the best food options for your family is hard. Does anyone have an app or go to guide that allows them to know which ingredients numbers colours ect are ones to avoid?


Posted by A Mother’s Day, 4th April 2021


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  • There’s a great Facebook page and Insta account that helps educate around additives and ingredients called Supermarket Swap. She’s a Mum with kids with sensory issues and food sensitivities. She goes through different products and lists their additives and suggests better products to pick. Each shopping day she usually also posts videos of her shopping and talks about why she’s picked certain things. It’s very helpful and easy to understand.


  • There used to be a list of all the bad colours preservatives and the numbers not sure if you can still get. Also if you know what you can’t use always read the label, but best to know the numbers so if you read on the label just don’t buy.


  • Frozen fruit and veg because the nutrients are locked in! Fresh isn’t always best because they travel around from longer distances before they actually get to the store and then they could be sitting on the shelf for awhile before they are actually purchased which means during that time they are losing nutrients.
    In all honesty I follow the OLD food pyramid because back then allergies and things like being allergic to nuts and gluten weren’t as prominent as they are now. If you read up on the history of rice, those who consumed it more were actually the ones who weren’t obese or had chronic diseases!
    Just saying…


  • Similar to the other answers we do use a lot of fresh produce but also buy other products too.


  • I try to buy as fresh as possible…and if I can’t pronounce and ingredient its a no go haha


  • I just follow my guts and use fresh products much as possible


  • No – I’d suggest maybe just carrying a list (a screenshot) on your phone might be sufficient for your needs.


  • When I started to become more aware of this I found a wee book called “the Additive Alert” very helpful. Cheapest price is on eBay ($15.99 for new, cheaper for used)
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Additive-Alert-Your-Guide-to-Safer-Shopping-by-Julie-Eady-Paperback-2006/174622848235?epid=96521870&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item28a85534eb:g:88Q


  • Maybe check with your local bookstore or online bookstore? I often get our local store to search for books and order in books on particular topics.


  • Following this because I’m interested to


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