Bot­tled and Branded

Consumer Voice - - Food & Stuff -

With the emer­gence of pro­cess­ing tech­niques and ad­vance­ment in preser­va­tion, food stor­age, and trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, chut­neys and sauces are now man­u­fac­tured on a large scale. To ex­tend their shelf lives, they are thick­ened, sweet­ened, salted, caramelized, and pre­served by adding both syn­thetic and nat­u­ral food ad­di­tives such as colours, sta­bilis­ers, flavour en­hancers, and acid­i­fy­ing agents.

While an ex­cess of sodium, oil, and sugar contributes to nu­tri­ent im­bal­ances in the body, food ad­di­tives can lead to de­vel­op­ment of al­ler­gic symp­toms in in­di­vid­u­als. Chil­dren specif­i­cally can be al­ler­gic to such food ad­di­tives and any ad­verse ef­fect de­vel­oped af­ter their con­sump­tion must be treated un­der med­i­cal guid­ance. Over­all, it is al­ways bet­ter to limit the con­sump­tion of bot­tled va­ri­eties and

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