By: Amy Pongrass, Nutritionist
When you have children with asthma, it's important to be extra vigilant when grocery shopping. Many packaged foods contain colours, flavours and preservatives that are linked to asthma and other allergies in children especially. Following is a list of numbers to avoid: 104 (quinoline yellow colour, previously banned in Australia and banned in USA and Norway, 123 (Amaranth, banned in the US in 1976), 124 (Brilliant Blue colour), 133 (Green colour) 142, 151, 155, 163 (found in apple and blackcurrant juice and some brands of cherry flavoured yoghurt), 200 (found in some margarines and chocolate teddy biscuits), sodium sorbate 201 found in a popular brand of salted crackers, 202, 203, 210-213, 216, 220-225, 228, 249, nitrites 250-252 (found in processed luncheon meats), 281-283, 311, 312, 320, 321, food gums 413 and 414 (found in children's rice wheels), 416, glutamates 621-625, commonly known as MSG and found in flavoured chips, crackers and Asian products, 627, 631, 635 and 951.
Read labels carefully and make a conscious effort to avoid buying too much packaged food. For more information, visit www.additivealert.com.au