February 13, 2014

Food Additives, That Is

1 Making the Shift from Artificial to Natural

Extracts from natural ingredients, including rosemary, monk fruit and algae, could replace synthetic ingredients and food additives such as Blue Dye No. 1, aspartame and BHT as health-conscious shoppers shun the latter notes Melody M. Bomgardner, senior editor, Chemical & Engineering News. Consumers are reading food labels more closely due to recent studies linking artificial ingredients with hyperactivity in children and cancer in lab animals. By 2013, almost 1/4 of U.S. consumers reported that they checked food labels for the presence of artificial ingredients and coloring, a 15% increase from the prior year. In response to this growing trend, many food manufacturers are using colors and preservatives derived from foods to satisfy the consumer.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Chili Pepper Extract to Be Added to Some Foods

Tags: Aspartame, Chemical and Engineering News, Food Additives, Hyperactivity, BHT, Melody M. Bomgardner, Blue Dye Number 1

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Hit the Supermarket

2 Best Last-Minute Valentine Chocolate

Valentine's Day shoppers who waited too late to order luxury chocolate online and those who don't have time to visit a special chocolate boutique can still find quality chocolate to give at the supermarket! Consumer Reports rated top supermarket chocolate bars. The following dark chocolate bars earned an excellent rating from testers: Chocolove Organic Fair Trade 73 percent Cocoa, Trader Joe’s 72 percent Cacao 3-pack minibars, and Godiva 72 percent Cacao. For tasty milk chocolate bars, go with Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate, Godiva Milk Chocolate 31 percent Cacao or Trader Joe’s 3-pack minibars. For single-serving chocolate, tasters enjoyed the intense flavor of Dove Silky Smooth Promises Dark Chocolate and the "milky, cocoalike flavor" of Hershey’s Bliss Smooth & Creamy Milk Chocolate.

More at Consumer Reports | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mars Chocolate to Reduce Calories by 2013

Tags: Valentine Gifts, Best Chocolate Supermarket, Chocolove Organic Fair Trade 73 Percent Cocoa, Trader Joe’s 72 Percent Cacao 3-Pack Minibars

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