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ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES / ADDITIVES
Dodge a bullet and know your numbers when reading labels!
AMINES are natural food chemicals that are formed by the breakdown of proteins in the body.
Aldehydes & Formaldehyde
Aldehydes are a large group of chemicals that occur both naturally and synthetically...
ACRYLIC ACID & ACRYLATES
Contaminant Acrylic Acid & Acrylates play a big role in the manufacture of plastics, adhesives, cosmetics, nappies and much more
BPA – THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY (except, there's no GOOD!)
For many conscious consumers we now know to avoid BPA and choose ‘BPA-Free’ but is that any better?
BENZOIC ACID & SODIUM BENZOATE
Benzoic Acid is natural then chemically synthesized to produce preservatives & flavouring in food, cosmetics, bodycare and MORE. Sodium Benzoate is not natural.
Benzene is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals.
DUST & DUST MITES
A major site of exposure to house dust & dust mites is the bed...
Dietary Methanol & Formaldehyde
For those who are sensitive to Formaldehyde, naturally occurring Methanol is ‘the Trojan Horse’ into your bodies...
Flavour Enhancers are chemical substances added to commercially produced foods to enhance flavour and make foods more appealing.
Phenolics are naturally occurring chemicals found in many foods but are also present in additives.
Histamines are chemicals released by the body during times of stress and during allergic reactions and are present in many foods.
LATEX & DIETARY LATEX
Latex - from Balloons to Bananas...
MSG – GLUTAMATES FLAVOUR ENHANCERS
MSG is the Bad Boy of Food Additives - in SO much more than pot noodles!!! READ ON!
MOULDS & FUNGI
Moulds and Fungi are found everywhere in the environment both indoor and outdoor, as well as in foods, medications and living on the human body.
NITRATES & NITRITES
Without Nitrates, meats such as bacon & hot dogs would look grey
Nightshades are plants belonging to the Solanaceae species.
POLLENS & PLANT PHENOLICS
Pollen is a major contributing factor to seasonal hay fever symptoms, as well as asthma and eczema
Phthalates (pronounced f-THAL-lates), are used to make plastics flexible and as lubricants in cosmetics
PERFUME & FRAGRANCE
Perfume & Fragrance is akin to second-hand cigarette smoke and as potentially harmful
Contact dermatitis from sticking plasters, tennis racquet or newspaper?
Surfactants clean but also cause contact dermatitis
TO SOAP OR NOT TO SOAP?
Suds or Scrub - that is the question... but what about the chemicals?
Sulphites occur naturally especially in beer & wine. Synthetically and widely used as a food additives to enhance flavour and preserve freshness.
Soy is an extensively used filler, emulsifier and texturiser – knowing what to look for and reading labels is key.
Allergic to School?
Classroom chemicals can be a potential mine-field – awareness for all is the biggest lesson
Salicylates are natural plant chemicals in nearly ALL foods & essential oils - see extensive lists to help keep tolerance levels steady! Also produced synthetically - aspirin.
When skin flares up - listen to your body's alarm. Chemicals to avoid to turn the frown upside down!
The Chemical Blend of Buying New
One of the most common and natural VOCs in the atmosphere