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From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
The 9 things you need to know when you’re at the grocery store or butcher.
If you’re a wine drinker, you’ve probably seen the word sulfite listed on most wine bottles. Find out why they’re used in most wines and if wine-lovers should find a new drink?
You can find lecithin in food and in supplements, but what is it and is it good for you? Find out more about this added ingredient and how it’s used in the processing plant.
This ingredient is found in foods like ice cream, jelly and even infant formula. Find out what it does and if it’s safe to eat.
Before you pop your next bag of microwave popcorn, find out more about an additive used in some brands.
When I was in graduate school, some of my fellow dietetic students tracked down one of the first stores where the nonfat fried chips were being sold. The employee that answered the phone explained how he’d downed an entire package and had a horrible stomach ache (though he was a bit more descriptive of his symptoms). From that day on, I knew chips fried in Olestra weren’t all they were cracked up to be.
You’ve seen it on hundreds of labels and may have even used it in your own kitchen—learn all the need-to-know facts about this additive.
If you think hot dogs, bacon and luncheon meats keep that pink and red hue naturally, think again! These are just a few of the foods that contain a preservative -- sodium nitrate -- that may be harmful to your health.