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step 8: avoid nasties Hydrolyzed soy/vegetable protein (HVT) Textured vegetable protein (TVP) Yeast extract Other flavour enhancers to avoid: Calcium glutamate (623) Monoammonium L-glutamate (624) Magnesium glutamate (625) Disodium 5/inosinate (631) Disodium 5/Guanylate (627) Disodium 5/ ribonucleotides (635) Better choices: If your child loves savoury yeast extract spreads then their tastebuds are craving the umami flavour sensation. Here are some alternatives you can try: ✓ Spread a small amount of organic miso paste on wholegrain bread or crackers to replace savoury spreads that contain yeast extract. ✓ Roasting, stewing or searing can enhance the natural flavour of chicken and meat without the need for marinades. ✓ Pan-roast or caramelise tomatoes and mushrooms as they both contain naturally occurring glutamates. Add a touch of tamari and herbs. (Note: there are many individuals who will react to naturally occurring glutamates too. If this is the case, avoid both synthetic and natural forms). ✓ Often soy is used to create the umami flavour. I prefer wheat-free tamari to soy sauce, however, if you are using soy sauce look for an organic, wheat-free version. ➌ ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS Often hidden in non sugar-free items to sweetness without adding further add calories, these are best avoided in young growing bodies. They have been linked to digestive disorders, hormonal disruption and even neurological disorders. And studies have found they can actually contribute to weight gain as they create a desire for more sweet foods. Found in: Chewing gum, fizzy drinks, yoghurts, low-fat desserts and milk, chocolate and hard candies. Potential effect on children: • While there is ongoing debate as to the detrimental effects of these sweeteners on adults, there is no doubt that children remain vulnerable. One or two low-fat yoghurts, a low-sugar jam on toast or a low-calorie fruit 263 drink can contain enough aspartame, for example, to put a young child over the FDA’s recommended intake limit of 50mg/kg of body weight. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which regulates food additives in the European Union, recommends a slightly lower acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame, at 40mg/kg. • Some studies in rats have found aspartame to be carcinogenic, but the findings have been questioned and the jury remains out on aspartame’s safety for human consumption. However, when it comes to children, it’s best to err on the side of caution and not offer them products containing artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame (for more on the safety of aspartame and other artifical sweeteners, see page 79). What to look out for: Acesulphame-K (950) Aspartame (951) – Nutrasweet and Equal Cyclamates (952) Sucralose (955) Saccharin (954) Aspartame Acesulfame Salt (962) – Twinsweet Better choices: The best option is to avoid artificially sweetened foods and drinks altogether. ✓ Avoid foods labelled ’low fat’, ’diet’, ’low sugar’, ’lite’ or ’low calorie’. ✓ If a member of your family is overweight or has a medical condition such as diabetes or candidiasis, choose products sweetened with natural stevia or monk fruit extract, both calorie-free sweeteners that do not carry the same side effects. you know? Even the term Did 'natural food' – once used to describe whole fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains – has now been expanded to include packaged, processed foods, many of which contain a wide array of chemicals. Consider this… A Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) survey found that 87% of Australian and New Zealand respondents worry about the mental health and behavioural effects of food chemicals on children.