When you shop do you take time to read ingredients on items you are purchasing?
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The reason I'm asking is because, lately, last 6 mos, I have.  Then I look up items on the internet.  One is acesulfame potassium, not healthy,  found in diet pop, diet flavored water,
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When you shop do you take time to read ingredients on items you are purchasing?

posted at 2/18/2011 2:27 PM EST
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The reason I'm asking is because, lately, last 6 mos, I have.  Then I look up items on the internet.  One is acesulfame potassium, not healthy,  found in diet pop, diet flavored water, diet puddings, low cal yogurt, gatorade.  Mostly anything diet & sometimes includes Aspartame also.   Yesterday, looking at large Yoplait yogurt (32 ounce) one of the ingredients was CARMINE!  Ground up red beetles and some reproduction parts separated, boiled and strained through a sieve for the juice.  This is their coloring in  the yogurt!  YUK!   I did not find that in Dannon.  Other companies are using grape skins, processed for color.  I tried to e-mail Yoplait but could not.  I have a yogurt maker and I might start making my own, again. I quit buying anything diet and quit using Sweet & Low and other artifical sweetners.  My friend's Sister, an R.N., said that the imitation sweetners are stored in the brain because the body does not recognize it and it is thought to cause Alzheimers.  WISH I had known that 30 yrs ago.  I stayed off sugar - health reason.   But do you believe Carmine???

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posted at 2/18/2011 2:56 PM EST
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I read labels for calories and for ingredients.  I think the Carmine has been used for years in various products.  Possibly make up as well.
I do not use a lot of artificial sweeteners, if I have a "no sugar added" cocoa in the morning I do not mix it with 8 ounces of water it is done with 24 ounces so the concentration is low.  I drink maybe 1 diet soda a month if that.  Before I started loosing weight I was a Diet Coke "fiend" and could easily go through a case in 2 days.  I started to lose weight and noticed that I was getting little bumps that itched on my neck.  About that time I think Diet Coke changed it's sweetener so I thought it was an allergy.  Went "cold turkey" on diet drinks.  Found out the bumps were "lady bug" or those "Asian beetle" bites not an allergy.  Have not gone back to diet drinks to the extent as previously.  Any diet drink is greatly diluted. And again maybe only 1 diet soda a month.
I will almost never purchase anything that has a hydrogenated fat in the ingredient label.  If you look at the front of the package quite often it will state "0 grams of trans fat PER SERVING" but if you look at the serving size does any one really eat 2 cookies or 4 crackers? NO! so the trans fats are higher than people realize.
When you look at a nutrition label read it honestly to determine what a serving size really is. I will have a can of soup myself but the label says it is 2 servings. 
Nutrition labels and ingredient labels are very interesting reading. 

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posted at 2/18/2011 3:58 PM EST
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The reason I'm asking is because, lately, last 6 mos, I have.  Then I look up items on the internet.  One is acesulfame potassium, not healthy,  found in diet pop, diet flavored water, diet puddings, low cal yogurt, gatorade.  Mostly anything diet & sometimes includes Aspartame also.   Yesterday, looking at large Yoplait yogurt (32 ounce) one of the ingredients was CARMINE!  Ground up red beetles and some reproduction parts separated, boiled and strained through a sieve for the juice.  This is their coloring in  the yogurt!  YUK!   I did not find that in Dannon.  Other companies are using grape skins, processed for color.  I tried to e-mail Yoplait but could not.  I have a yogurt maker and I might start making my own, again. I quit buying anything diet and quit using Sweet & Low and other artifical sweetners.  My friend's Sister, an R.N., said that the imitation sweetners are stored in the brain because the body does not recognize it and it is thought to cause Alzheimers.  WISH I had known that 30 yrs ago.  I stayed off sugar - health reason.   But do you believe Carmine???
Posted by DiAnne H

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posted at 2/18/2011 4:08 PM EST
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IHi NIKKI;YUCK GROSS  [carmine]Yell   I try to always read ingredients labels before purchasing an item;hubby doesn't lke to take the time !!!!!!!!!!!!
I also tryto avoid products w/ chemical ingredients I cannot pronounce.I did not know, before, about carmineSurprised;Once again you have educated me;
thanxKiss
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I read labels for calories and for ingredients.  I think the Carmine has been used for years in various products.  Possibly make up as well. I do not use a lot of artificial sweeteners, if I have a "no sugar added" cocoa in the morning I do not mix it with 8 ounces of water it is done with 24 ounces so the concentration is low.  I drink maybe 1 diet soda a month if that.  Before I started loosing weight I was a Diet Coke "fiend" and could easily go through a case in 2 days.  I started to lose weight and noticed that I was getting little bumps that itched on my neck.  About that time I think Diet Coke changed it's sweetener so I thought it was an allergy.  Went "cold turkey" on diet drinks.  Found out the bumps were "lady bug" or those "Asian beetle" bites not an allergy.  Have not gone back to diet drinks to the extent as previously.  Any diet drink is greatly diluted. And again maybe only 1 diet soda a month. I will almost never purchase anything that has a hydrogenated fat in the ingredient label.  If you look at the front of the package quite often it will state "0 grams of trans fat PER SERVING" but if you look at the serving size does any one really eat 2 cookies or 4 crackers? NO! so the trans fats are higher than people realize. When you look at a nutrition label read it honestly to determine what a serving size really is. I will have a can of soup myself but the label says it is 2 servings.  Nutrition labels and ingredient labels are very interesting reading. 
Posted by nikki p

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posted at 2/18/2011 5:44 PM EST
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Good practice for all of us!

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posted at 2/18/2011 5:59 PM EST
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I read labels for calories and for ingredients.  I think the Carmine has been used for years in various products.  Possibly make up as well. I do not use a lot of artificial sweeteners, if I have a "no sugar added" cocoa in the morning I do not mix it with 8 ounces of water it is done with 24 ounces so the concentration is low.  I drink maybe 1 diet soda a month if that.  Before I started loosing weight I was a Diet Coke "fiend" and could easily go through a case in 2 days.  I started to lose weight and noticed that I was getting little bumps that itched on my neck.  About that time I think Diet Coke changed it's sweetener so I thought it was an allergy.  Went "cold turkey" on diet drinks.  Found out the bumps were "lady bug" or those "Asian beetle" bites not an allergy.  Have not gone back to diet drinks to the extent as previously.  Any diet drink is greatly diluted. And again maybe only 1 diet soda a month. I will almost never purchase anything that has a hydrogenated fat in the ingredient label.  If you look at the front of the package quite often it will state "0 grams of trans fat PER SERVING" but if you look at the serving size does any one really eat 2 cookies or 4 crackers? NO! so the trans fats are higher than people realize. When you look at a nutrition label read it honestly to determine what a serving size really is. I will have a can of soup myself but the label says it is 2 servings.  Nutrition labels and ingredient labels are very interesting reading. 
Posted by nikki p

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posted at 2/18/2011 6:34 PM EST
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Hi NIKKI &others
FYI
trans fats;....."No TRANS FATS" means 3 or less grams, per serving.We are advised to have no grams zero/none nadda of it daily.As you once wisely wrote, the amts listed are for one serving; but who has only one serving of most things????????????????
we need to limit ourselves to the absolute minimum of hydrogenated fats but w/ inaccurate labeling, being legal, that is near y impossible.Isuggest using liquid oils(canola.EVOO) wherever possible inbaking& cooking.EVOO smokes@ high temps so it's  not good for most frying; OK for saute or dunking crusty bread in  [instead of using  margarine.This is more typically Italian & Greek & we now choose it most of the time  because it tastes so good "TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT"
FYI : Hubby &  I often share(one serving) to try to limit trans fats & sodium we eat more veggies( no sauce type)and seldom go hungry.Fresh fruit & ONE cookie, makes for a satisfying dessert. 
A fewyearsago;I readastudythat saidthat people who consumelargequantitiesofdiet soda havetroublelosing weight, but cuttig dietsoda outof your  diet can actually help you lose weight; drinkplentyofwaterinstead.Diet sodashaveben said to have a negative effect on the level of  at least one  mineral(phosphorus?) in the body.I don'tknow what effect that might have but It's just one more reason for me to avoid dit soda.I have trouble swallowing carbonated beverages,anywa,y so that  is an easy avoidance, for me! Smile   
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I read labels for calories and for ingredients.  I think the Carmine has been used for years in various products.  Possibly make up as well. I do not use a lot of artificial sweeteners, if I have a "no sugar added" cocoa in the morning I do not mix it with 8 ounces of water it is done with 24 ounces so the concentration is low.  I drink maybe 1 diet soda a month if that.  Before I started loosing weight I was a Diet Coke "fiend" and could easily go through a case in 2 days.  I started to lose weight and noticed that I was getting little bumps that itched on my neck.  About that time I think Diet Coke changed it's sweetener so I thought it was an allergy.  Went "cold turkey" on diet drinks.  Found out the bumps were "lady bug" or those "Asian beetle" bites not an allergy.  Have not gone back to diet drinks to the extent as previously.  Any diet drink is greatly diluted. And again maybe only 1 diet soda a month. I will almost never purchase anything that has a hydrogenated fat in the ingredient label.  If you look at the front of the package quite often it will state "0 grams of trans fat PER SERVING" but if you look at the serving size does any one really eat 2 cookies or 4 crackers? NO! so the trans fats are higher than people realize. When you look at a nutrition label read it honestly to determine what a serving size really is. I will have a can of soup myself but the label says it is 2 servings.  Nutrition labels and ingredient labels are very interesting reading. 
Posted by nikki p

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posted at 2/18/2011 6:57 PM EST
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Thanks DiAnne for the info on the yogurt, I had no idea they use that.  Yuck!  Although I read most labels to check for fat, cholesterol, artificial sweeteners, I must have missed that one.  I started buying less processed foods a few years ago and concentrate more on fresh food.  During the growing season we usually eat the fruit and veggies out of the garden so I don't buy too many frozen or canned ones.  This way I always know how they were grown.

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posted at 2/18/2011 8:22 PM EST
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Yes been reading labels for years on all things I buy. I do not drink so have to be careful with alcohol in food. Found it in frozen tv dinners so good thing I read them. I buy all my flavorings without alcohol. And some have some much sodium and sugar added. Have to go pick up my son from work. Take care.

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posted at 2/18/2011 10:03 PM EST
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I do read labels,  but did not read the label with the yogurt.  I usually buy Chobani.  Thanks for the info.

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posted at 2/19/2011 12:03 AM EST
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posted at 2/19/2011 12:23 AM EST
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I was telling my Friend, Danielle about the carmine in the yogurt.  She said that the FDA allows a certain  percentage of bugs in our food, such as, , Taco Bell's Beef.  A place, on the internet, where I looked up carmine had an article about the yogurt in like 2004 or 2005 and as long as no one says anything they are allowed to put carmine as an ingredient and no one will look it up.  Maybe if enough complaints to FDA the Manufacturers will have to disclose the real deal GROUND RED BEETLES instead of Carmine as one of their ingredients!!!!

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posted at 2/19/2011 5:35 AM EST
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I read labels looking for calories and sodium content, also other ingredients.  You can't be too careful these days.

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posted at 2/19/2011 6:55 AM EST
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I usually read the labels on new products.  But I am not as careful as I need to be.  I don't always look up the unknown items.  ICK!

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:13 AM EST
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 no it does not.

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:42 AM EST
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Sometimes I do read the ingredients - sounds as though I need to be more thorough all the time.

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:52 AM EST
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I try and check the labels as much as possible.  I'm there checking fat and cholesterol any way so why not!! Wink

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I was telling my Friend, Danielle about the carmine in the yogurt.  She said that the FDA allows a certain  percentage of bugs in our food, such as, , Taco Bell's Beef.  A place, on the internet, where I looked up carmine had an article about the yogurt in like 2004 or 2005 and as long as no one says anything they are allowed to put carmine as an ingredient and no one will look it up.  Maybe if enough complaints to FDA the Manufacturers will have to disclose the real deal GROUND RED BEETLES instead of Carmine   as one of their ingredients!!!!
Posted by DiAnne H


DiAnne...

I heard that about candy too! 

I try to read my labels, but I should improve in that area.  Thank you are making me aware...excellant points made!

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posted at 2/20/2011 8:04 AM EST
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I read lables, too - in particular for fiber vs carbs, to help with my diabetes.  Also check calories, and have to laugh at the amount suggested as 1 serving...HA!  I do eat a lot of fresh fruit, and agree that it can make a yummy dessert when I have no yummy home made baked treats in the house!

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posted at 2/23/2011 3:41 PM EST
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After all the information I found about Carmine, I continued to read and found out some other interesting things I feel I should share.  I have some web sites for info you  can access because I can't post it all.
Another name for Carmine is Lake #40, Lake Red, Lake & Red lake 40, Red 40, Kermes Lake & carminic acid.  Insoluble food coloring found in candy, drinks, yogurt, Ice cream, Strawberry Shakes @ McDonalds.  Ground up Red Beetles.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest  (CSPI) petitioned the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban artificial food dyes.  A study funded by the British Gov. found that dyes & Sodium Benzoate, a preservative, together adversly affected kids behavior. Both are in Crush!!!  So the United Kingdom (UK) pushed to have artificial coloring removed from foods.  McDonalds has removed food dyes from their strawberry shakes & ice cream sundaes in the UK, Britain.    The color, now, comes from strawberry sauce.   In the U.S.  it comes from RED DYE #40!!!!!      In Yoplait it's called Carmine, in Dannon called RED 40. Here are Some web sites if you want more info & on additives in our food.  All:  www.     NaturalNews.com --- Webexhibits.org -----answers.com
The only way to TRY and get this to change is putting pressure on the FDA to ban the dyes and other ingred. that have ill effects on humans.  I might try a petition here and see if I can get signatures.  I've seen petitions to sign at Speedway Gas Stations.   Hope this is helpful.    I feel like I am being so negative, but I am just trying to eat healthy & trying to eat less processed food & eating BUG JUICE makes me ill.     The principles still exist about why this country allows these additives in our FOOD.
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