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Additives and Preservatives: What is Tartrazine?

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Tartrazine is used in commercially processed food as a yellow food colouring. It can also be combined with blue food colouring to make various shades of green. Tartrazine is also used, in smaller amounts, to colour food items which you would expect to have a creamy colour. Therefore, it can be found in many of our commercially processed food items.

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Additives and Preservatives: What is MSG?

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MSG stands for monosodium glutomate and is a salt naturally found in foods such as tomatoes and cheese. The food industry uses a chemically manufactured version as a flavour enhancer (umami) for savoury foods and it can be found in commercial sauces, soups, gravies, savoury snacks such as crisps and of course, Asian-style restaurant and fast foods. It was originally identified in the late 1800s and has been available commercially since the early 1900s. It was originally made by adding an acid to wheat gluten but is currently made using a bacterial fermentation process.

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Using Baby Food Pouches Correctly

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Baby food pouches are great in emergencies or when you are out and about and can’t sit down with your baby and feed him or her with a spoon. We don’t think any modern-day mom can easily live without them!

However they do have a downside:

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Store Bought Trail Mix Disadvantages – Make Your Own

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I never buy trail mix at the supermarket. As far as snacks go, it is a healthier option, but I don’t like store-bought trail mix because:

  1. It always tastes stale
  2. It is expensive
  3. Your options are limited
  4. Additives
  5. Excess packaging in the case of litter free lunchboxes

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Top Ten Freezable Lunchbox Ideas

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We all know that during the week there is never enough time to accomplish everything you need to do. If you are looking for some great freezable ideas for items that you can make in bulk for your week-day litter-free lunchboxes, look no further because we have you covered!

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Are you a Vegetable Smuggler?

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Do you smuggle vegetables into your children’s food? Some moms are very much against it and others reckon their children would never eat vegetables without the smuggling and resultant hidden vegetables. Some smuggler moms say that even their husbands, who would otherwise not eat their vegetables, have benefited from vegetable smuggling!

At Sinchies HQ, we do both because vegetables are good for you, and also because we believe that it is good for both adults and little ones to get used to the idea that eating vegetables contributes to a balanced diet.

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