Which Additives should Brisbane Kids avoid?

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What’s the secret to Happy and Calm Brisbane Households?

Take a look at what’s in Brisbane Kids Lunchboxes!

Louise D’Allura

Home Economist at Meal Planning Your Way

Queensland’s Additive Alert Community Talks Presenter

The moment someone discovers I’m Queensland’s Additive Alert Community Talks presenter I’m often handed a packet of snacks and asked:

“Are these ok? The packet said contains no artificial colours, flavours?”  or

“Do I need to avoid everything with a number or just the nasty food additives?”

Years ago we never had these sorts of conversations – but today these are the norm.  So how did things get this way?  Over the last 15 years we have seen a proliferation of highly refined and processed foods, and more food additives have been developed to meet our growing demands that food needs to be quick, easy and ‘instant’.   It is estimated that the average Australian adult now consumes at least 5kg of food additives each year.  Unfortunately, many of these synthetic additives have been shown to cause problems for children and adults alike.

As a Home Economist I spend a lot of time in Brisbane supermarkets and peering into the pantries of Brisbane families to see what’s going into the lunchboxes of Brisbane Kids.  Even though I’m Home Economist, I live in the real world and I don’t make everything from scratch – I do buy a lot of basic food stuffs, but I also rely on some processed foods like pastes and sauces too to make dinnertime quick and easy.

More and more Brisbane suburbs are lucky enough to have their own dedicated Organic stores, cafes and Organic supermarkets! These stores tend to have more stringent purchasing protocols that have a health focus basis, which makes it easier for Brisbane mums and dads to choose more appropriate lunchbox fillers for Brisbane Kids!

If you shop at one of the major supermarkets you need to look more closely at the product’s ingredient list.  Don’t read the front of pack claims and assume it’s all good – without a quick look at the ingredients list!  You can learn A LOT about marketing!

We’re finding the humble sandwich wraps in Brisbane Kids lunchboxes can catch out even the most savvy and aware shoppers!  Under the current guidelines it is totally legal for a Spinach and Herb wrap to add spinach ‘flavour’ and make them green by adding coal tar dyes Tartrazine 102 (linked to hyperactivity, migraines, skin irritations, sleep disorders) and Brilliant Blue 133 (a suspected rat carcinogen and linked to hyperactivity). Unless you read the ingredient list closely and know what you’re looking for, you’d assume it is ‘green’ because it contains spinach!  If these wraps were sold in the European Union they would at least carry a warning label ‘may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children’ as it contains Tartrazine 102, one of the six food colours researched in a UK government funded study conducted by Southampton University.  Unfortunately you won’t find these warnings on products in Australia.

If you think the ‘plain’ wraps are better, check the ingredients list for Preservative 282 (behaviourial and learning problems, migraine, headaches) and Antioxidant 320 (accumulates in the body fat, animal carcinogen, reproductive effects in animal tests, estrogenic effects – stimulating the growth of breast cells in laboratory cultures).

When you’re in the know, you can avoid the nasties!  To help you on your way, take a look at the list of additives to avoid below, and get yourself along to a Brisbane Additive Alert Seminar or grab the book!

Which Additives should Brisbane Kids avoid?  

This list includes *some* of the most questionable additives as they are linked to adverse health problems. If you have asthma or other specific health concerns, or if you have young children, there may be other additives you wish to exclude.

Colours:   102, 104, 110, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, 132, 133, 142, 151, 153, 155, 173, 174, 175, Annatto (160b)


Preservatives:   211, 212, 213, 216, 217, 218, 249, 250, 251, 280, 281, 282.

Antioxidants: 310, 311, 312, 319, 320, 321

Gums:  407, 407A, 421, 466

Flavour enhancers:  MSG 621, 627, 631, 635, 637 and ‘Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein’

Artificial sweeteners:  951, 952, 954, 955

Even if you don’t have any specific health concerns at present, it makes sense to put less additives in Brisbane Kid’s lunchboxes, especially those with question marks surrounding their long term safety.

If you would like to learn more about food additives get along to the seminar in Brisbane on Thursday 21 March 2013 visit


Louise D’Allura helps women simplify everyday life and find more time, energy and balance for the things that matter the most.

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