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Organic Food and Additives

For a food to be classified as organic in the EU, at least 95% of the ingredients must have been produced without proscribed pesticides, fertilisers or additives.

In addition, when a farm has moved over to organic farming, its crops can only be classified as organic two years after proscribed treatments were last used on the farm, and three years if the crops are perennials. There is also a second category of organic food, where at least 70% of the ingredients are organic, and these can be labelled ‘made with x% organic or organically produced ingredients’.

It may seem a little surprising that only 95% of the ingredients must be organic. The reason for this is simple – some non-organic ingredients, including additives, are so essential that they are permitted in organic food. The non-organic ingredients that are allowed are:

  • Non-organic additives, yeasts and minerals
  • Processing aids, such as releasing oils and flushing gases
  • Agricultural ingredients.

A total of 45 additives are permitted in organic foods, and these are listed below. One of the most important of these is sulfur dioxide, E220. Wine contains sulfur dioxide as a preservative, whether or not it is classified as organic. It acts as a preservative, antioxidant and bleaching agent, and there is no adequate alternative. Organic wine also contains the clarifying agents bentonite (E558) and kaolin (E559), both of which are naturally occurring clays.

Click for further information about the European regulations on organic food.

List of additives currently permitted in organic food within the EU

  • E 153: Vegetable carbon
  • E 160b: Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin
  • E 170: Calcium carbonate
  • E 220: Sulphur dioxide or E 224: Potassium metabisulphite
  • E 250: Sodium nitrate or E 252: Potassium nitrate
  • E 270: Lactic acid
  • E 290: Carbon dioxide
  • E 296: Malic acid
  • E 300: Ascorbic acid
  • E 301: Sodium ascorbate
  • E 306: Tocopherol-rich extract
  •  E 322: Lecithins
  • E 325: Sodium lactate
  • E 330: Citric acid
  • E 331: Sodium citrates
  • E 333: Calcium citrates
  • E 334: Tartaric acid (L(+)–)
  • E 335: Sodium tartrates
  • E 336: Potassium tartrates
  • E 341(i): Monocalcium phosphate
  • E 400: Alginic acid
  • E 401: Sodium alginate
  • E 402: Potassium alginate
  • E 406: Agar
  • E 407: Carrageenan
  • E 410: Locust bean gum
  • E 412: Guar gum
  • E 414: Arabic gum
  • E 415: Xanthan gum
  • E 422: Glycerol
  • E 440(i): Pectin
  • E 464: Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose
  • E 500: Sodium carbonates
  • E 501: Potassium carbonates
  • E 503: Ammonium carbonates
  • E 504: Magnesium carbonates
  • E 509: Calcium chloride
  • E 516: Calcium sulphate
  • E 524: Sodium hydroxide
  • E 551: Silicon dioxide
  • E 553b: Talc
  • E 938: Argon
  • E 939: Helium
  • E 941: Nitrogen
  • E 948: Oxygen


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Dealing with migrane

Migraine attacks are such a pain – literally. They are a lot painful than your average headaches, so they can hinder physical activities.

They can be very bothersome that most sufferers resort to taking non-prescription pain relievers, which can help ease the excruciating pain. Sadly, these medicines oftentimes do more harm than good.

Along with an extreme pain that throbs on a designated part of your head, you can also experience the following symptoms when you have migraine:

  • Vomiting
  • Visual problems
  • Nausea
  • Numbness at some parts of the face
  • Unusual ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Light, smell, and sound sensitivity

There are several factors that trigger migraine attacks. For some women, they experience these on the onset of their menstruation because of the hormonal changes in their bodies. Stress is also a big factor; the same also goes when you undergo changes in your sleep patterns. There are also foods which can cause migraine for some people, like cheeses and other salty processed foods.

It is a fact that over-the-counter pain relievers can actually make your migraine attacks more frequent. While it is true that they can be effective when it comes to easing migraine symptoms, they can trigger these symptoms in the long run. Continually taking these meds during an attack causes your body to be dependent on them. Rebound headaches therefore occur.

But here’s an alternative treatment since going natural is always good. For a migraine remedy, you can make an effective drink without the need to go to the drugstore. The ingredients in this drink can easily be found in your kitchen:

  • Stop-Migraine-FastOne cup of water
  • Lemon juice
  • Two teaspoons of Himalayan sea salt

Just these three ingredients can bring you huge relief / PicHelp

When you have all three ingredients, simply mix them all and drink. You can make this drink and consume it whenever you have a migraine attack. Chemical medicines can deliver fast, effective results. However, they can also endanger our bodies with prolonged use. The best alternative is still natural, DIY remedies which are not just effective, but free from side effects as well. This migraine elixir will not produce any unwanted side effects, especially rebound headaches. Plus, the ingredients are right in your kitchen and very inexpensive.

Next time you have a headache. Don’t reach for your medicine cabinet. Go to your kitchen and prepare this DIY migraine drink. It is safe for everyone and best of all, it is definitely effective in ridding headaches and migraines so they don’t attack you as frequent as they normally do.