Plant-based products: what are they really made of?
Plant-based products consist of plant ingredients, without any animal derived ingredients. Unlike a plant-based diet that consists of plant foods that have gone through minimal processing, plant-based products can contain 5-10% additives.Read More
Why are food additives getting banned? (Part 2)
It is safe to say that advancements in the food industry, and the inclusion of food additives to many foods have helped world hunger, making food production cheaper and extending the shelf life of food. However, does the pursuit of making food cheaper to produce have an impact on our health?Read More
Why are food additives getting banned? (Part 1)
Food additives improve food shelf life and appearance, increase food safety and in some instances also enhance the taste of food. Currently, there are several thousand food additives that are in use and over the last few decades, and quite recently as well, certain food additives have been banned due to concerns of adverse effects on human health.Read More
Fats in plant-based products: Refined vegetable oils or Cold-pressed oils?
Plant-based products, and especially plant-based meat alternatives, have oils added to meet the fat content that an animal product would naturally have. Due to their low cost, refined vegetable oils are mostly used, such as soybean, corn and canola oil. In the process of extraction chemical solvents are used and oil is often exposed to heat which causes oxidation and damage. So, how healthy are such foods really?Read More
5 Most Common Food Additives in our Food (and should we avoid them)? (Part 2)
Food additives such as artificial food colours and intense sweeteners might be one of the causes of conditions such as gut permeability, IBS and hyperactivity in children. This means that it would be perhaps best to avoid them. However, with nearly 60% of foods found in a supermarket being processed or ultra-processed, this is rather difficult.Read More