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Note: Ratings are based on company record, including parent companies.
They are not a comment on the product itself.
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|The Guide > Food & Drink > Biscuits & Snacks > Chips/Crisps|
Palm oil is found in one out of every ten supermarket products including shampoos, cooking oil, chocolate, cosmetics, chips, biscuits, margarine and soaps. The UN estimates that palm oil plantations are 'now the primary cause of permanent rainforest loss'. This threatens the survival of the Orang-utans, the Sumatran tiger and the Asian rhinoceros. Additionally, burning after deforestation accounts for significant greenhouse gas emissions -1,400 million tonnes of CO2 every year in Indonesia alone.
- Learn about the issues, find sample letters to write to retailers and the government, and sign the petition for compulsory labelling [Palm Oil Action Group]
- Check the ingredients, if the product contains palm oil, avoid it, send a letter to the manufacturer telling them of your action. (Note: it may be labelled as simply "vegetable oil")
- See the 'Helping you buy responsibly' section for a list of manufacturers who are committed to avoiding the use of palm oil. [Boreno Orangutan Survival]
This product type may contain artificial colours (additive numbers 100 - 181). There are 14 artificial colours currently permitted in Australia, which are banned or restricted in other countries. These are 102, 104, 110, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, 132, 133, 142, 143, 151, 155 (see details in source link). [Fedup]
- In April 2011 Aldi became the first supermarket chain in Australia to banish artificial colourings from its entire range of food products. [News.com.au]
- See the Chemical Maze app and book to instantly identify food additives with ease. Comprehensive food additive information at your fingertips. [The Chemical Maze]
- For food additives derived from animal products. [VNV]
- See safe food additive alternatives. [Fedup]
This product type is likely to contain sorbates (additive numbers 200 - 203), associated with asthma, eczema, contact dermatitis, eye irritation, nasal irritation and burning mouth syndrome and the full range of food intolerance reactions including irritable bowel symptoms and children's behaviour problems. Sorbates are commonly found in cheese and cheese based products, dips, and drinks. [Fedup]
This product type is likely to contain flavour enhancers (additive numbers 620-625), including MSG, associated with migraines, diarrhoea, nausea, stomach cramps, asthma, insomnia, depression, heart palpitations, ventricular fibrillation, children's behaviour and attention problems, and more. Flavour enhancers are commonly found in flavoured chips, corn chips, pop corn, flavoured savoury biscuits, instant noodle sachets, vegetable spreads. [Fedup]
Over-consumption of salt (sodium) can lead to high blood pressure which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The average sodium intake per day is 2,400mg, however, the National Health and Medical Research Centre's (NHMRC) advises that Australian adults should aim to consume no more than 1,600mg in order to prevent chronic disease, while 460-920mg is an adequate adult intake for good health. [Better Health - salt]
- To reduce the amount of salt in your diet choose low-salt bread and breakfast cereals; cut back on processed foods, takeaway and fast foods; buy fresh vegetables rather than canned.
- Use the FoodSwitch app to scan barcodes of packaged foods to find the fat, saturated fat, salt, and sugar content. Colour-coded, easy-to-interpret nutritional information for more than 28,500 products. [FoodSwitch]
- See Choice report on 'hidden salt'. [Choice report]
Saturated fat has been associated with increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. In Australia, our current intake of saturated fat is about 12.5 per cent of total energy intake, higher than the recommended maximum level of 10 per cent.
May contain lactose, milk protein and whey powder, disodium inosinate, Alternatives: Vege chips, check labels (Information compiled by Aduki)