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Week 1 - Part 6 - Busting The Healthy Food Star Rating

It is estimated that Australians consume around 4-5 kgs of additives every year.  It is also hard to deny the fact that the rates of cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression, ADHD, obesity and more have all risen over the past 50 odd years and ALL of these medical issues have been linked to the foods we eat in some way, shape or form.

Today we talk with Claire Deeks from Dom's Kitchen.  She's on a mission to remove the 'Healthy Food Star Rating' from packets and boxes, and we share why in this interview.  We'll give you a little hint...  this rating is totally misleading, and even if five stars are shown, there could still be harmful additives and preservatives in that item.

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Fact #1
According to research conducted by Britain’s Food Standards Agency (in 2007) and subsequently published in the highly respected, British medical journal, The Lancet, it was concluded that a mixture of additives, commonly found in children’s foods, increases the mean level of hyperactivity.

The team of researchers concluded that “the finding lends strong support for the case that food additives exacerbate hyperactive behaviours (inattention, impulsivity and over activity) at least into middle childhood.”  

This influential study examined the effect of artificial colours and preservatives and found both to be problematic for some children.  The results of this study compelled the European Food Standards Agency to urge companies to remove artificial colours form their products.

(We discuss food colours in much more detail in Week Two, so stay tuned for more on this interesting topic).

Fact #2

Nestlé Milo in 2016 was awarded a Choice shonky award by claiming their product is 4.5 stars.  Given that Milo is actually 46% sugar, they decided to do some investigating.

As Claire states in the interview above, Milo is awarded 4.5 stars if the drink is mixed with skim milk!  We don't know about you, but a glass of Milo to us is about 3/4 milo and a dash of full cream milk... That's how we used to drink ours anyway...

If Milo was to have a health star rating on it's own, without any milk, this 'sugar dirt' (as Choice calls it) would only have a 1.5 star rating.  Misleading, hey?!

Watch this hilarious video below, you'll get a laugh.

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