Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Confused by Ingredients?

"More of us are reading labels than ever before. We look to see where our foods come from — China, or a farm 20 miles away? Do our foods contain trans fats, or is the sodium level, or sugars, too high?"

"There are ingredients we know and can easily identify — such as olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and sugar — but then there are those we can only guess at. With food allergies on the rise, it gets even trickier."

"Let’s start with what a “gum” is. According to the International Food Additive Council, food gums are “complex carbohydrates which are derived primarily from plants and used as thickeners, gel-forming agents and/or stabilizing agents in food.


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