NOT SO IN­NO­CENT

Women's Health (UK) - - EAT SMART -

Th­ese in­gre­di­ents may sound whole­some, but don’t be fooled

CAR­ROT CON­CEN­TRATE

This one won’t get you any closer to your five a day. It’s a yel­low colour­ing – the kind that gives mar­garine its daf­fodil hue. Other of­fend­ers in­clude ‘beetroot ex­tract’ and ‘pa­prika ex­tract’.

ROASTED BAR­LEY MALT EX­TRACT Not fresh from the field, but a highly pro­cessed colour­ing and sweet­en­ing agent, of­ten added to ce­re­als to give them a toasted flavour and golden colour.

CUL­TURED CORN SYRUP

The word syrup gives it away, and the cul­tured part has noth­ing to do with vis­its to the Tate. It’s a highly pro­cessed in­gre­di­ent made by fer­ment­ing corn with cul­tures to form bac­te­ria-in­hibit­ing acids and fer­men­ta­tion prod­ucts.

RICE EX­TRACT

It stands in for chemical emul­si­fiers such as E461 and E472e. It im­proves the wa­ter re­ten­tion and freezer life of baked goods, and it’s added to low-fat prod­ucts to make them taste more like the full-fat ver­sion.

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