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Fat-free gives you more than you expect

While browsing the refrigerated section of a large supermarket chain the other day, I decided to read the ingredients of a well-known cream cheese spread, generally used by ‘angels’.  The low fat variety was made from the usual skin milk powder, but in addition contained a range of other ingredients generally not fit for human consumption.  These included carageenan or E407 which has the potential health effects of asthma, ulcerative colitis, skin rashes, colon ulcers and is advised not to give to babies or young children.  Another brand even contained canola oil which is not suitable for human consumption and has been banned in Europe and Canada except for use in farming machinery.

The full-fat variety contained milk and powdered milk ingredients.  I settled for the full-fat variety.

Source:  The Chemical Maze by Bill Statham  www.thechemicalmaze.com