Yes To Sushi But Leave The Accompaniments Please

When planning my daughter's Japanese food themed birthday party last year, I became aware of the additives in wasabi paste but just could not find an alternative locally! All the brands I could find here in Invercargill had artificial colours (102 and 133 - both on my list to avoid) and no actual wasabi either, … Continue reading Yes To Sushi But Leave The Accompaniments Please

Country of Origin Labelling

Would you be surprised if I told you that all food - even if it's labelled organic - is not equal? Country of origin matters. I am quite naive (growing up in a stable family in a small country town does that I think). I trust others perhaps too easily - some might even say … Continue reading Country of Origin Labelling

The Additive Hiding in Dairy-Free Foods

Is carrageenan listed as an ingredient in your almond milk, dairy-free cheese or coconut icecream? Most people these days know there is controversy around the safety of the flavour enhancer MSG (additive #621 or monosodium glutamate). Although I had no idea back in my uni days until I had a flatmate who reacted to soy … Continue reading The Additive Hiding in Dairy-Free Foods

Why Sometimes Sugar Wins!

A shock coming from me - I know! We do try to limit the amount of sugar in our house, especially refined sugar. But there are some circumstances where other considerations matter more!!! I still remember the day. We were in the middle of our 2 1/2 year long ADHD diagnosis journey with our son … Continue reading Why Sometimes Sugar Wins!

No Artificial Flavours. Really?

A perfect example of why you need to read the ingredients list! A while ago I decided to buy some flavoured crackers (yes - made with white flour, which we hardly ever do, but that's the beauty of a 90/10 philosophy). I was in a rush and spotted some Arnott's Shapes with "No Artificial Flavours" marketed … Continue reading No Artificial Flavours. Really?