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Decoding Food Labels

It was a lot of fun today walking around with the participants today in our kids class. We had a lot of fun decoding food labels, especially treats like motts fruit snacks (i think the parents did more than the kids. For those that were unable to make the class here is a sheet that can help you decode food labels, especially ingredients. If you can try to make to our next class in February 25th at 10am Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room. For more information please contact our poughkeepsie and fishkill locations.

Common preservatives found on product label: ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, EDTA, tocopherols (Vitamin E)

Common sweeteners: Sucrose (sugar), glucose, fructose, sorbitol, mannitol, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K), neotame

Flavor Enhancers: Monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium guanylate or inosinate

Flavor and Spices: Natural flavoring, artificial flavor, and spices

Fat Replacers: Olestra, cellulose gel, carrageenan, polydextrose, modified food starch, microparticulated egg white protein, guar gum, xanthan gum, whey protein concentrate

Color Additives: FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, citrus Red No.2, annatto extract, beta carotene, grape skin extract, cochineal extract or carmine, paprika oleoresin, caramel color, fruit and vegetable juices, saffron

Stabilizers and Thickeners, binders, texturizers: gelatin, pectin, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, whey

Leavening Agents: Baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate

Yeast Nutrients: Calcium sulfate, ammonium phosphate

Dough Strengtheners and Conditioners: Ammonium sulfate, azodicarbonamide, L-cysteine

Firming Agents: Calcium chloride, calcium lactate

Humectants (they retain moisture): glycerine, sorbitol

pH Control Agents and Acidulants: lactic acid, citric acid, ammonium hydroxide, sodium carbonate

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