Watch out with those damn ingredients: preservatives, colorants and additives.
Don’t fret! Pekos Pantxinet hasn’t turned in a hygienist. This won’t be a reeling off of pseudo-sectarian hyperbole. All the same, as well as the usual vitamins, hydrates, proteins and minerals, our everyday meals are peppered with certain unknown substances I shall endeavour to cast some light upon for you. If you look at the list of ingredients on anything you may chance to buy, you’ll be greeted by a string of numbers and letters.
The ingredients E470, E471, E472 for example. These three are glycerides from atty acids. E339 is an emulsifier and antioxidant and E321 is a chemical antioxidant. They all have an effect on our digestive system. A direct and not so direct effect on our health.
Just as many E numbers have disappeared over the last few years, food manufacturers have increased the use of flavour enhancers. Flavour enhancers are to be found, above all, in the basic ingredients and pre-prepared food products we buy at our local supermarkets. Flavour enhancers such as sodium glutamate have a direct affect on the brain by artificially strengthening our taste buds. We’ve talked about what they are used for. But, why? Simple enough. The use of flavour enhancers makes the product much cheaper to manufacture. The makers can really get a lot out of a small quantity of low grade raw materials. H5805 is one of the most used flavour enhancers.
The next time you go shopping, take a look at what soft drinks, jams, chocolate, sauces, canned meats and most of the pre-cooked products contain. We don’t want to start a veggie-eating campaign against additives and artificial ingredients, but faced with what we have just seen, we do demand the right to a savoury and healthy diet. How? That’s quite easy really. Just use plenty of good quality raw ingredients. Enjoy your meal!