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PostSubject: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:10 pm



Tim Tam ingredients:
COLOURS (e102, e110, e129, e133, e150), milk solids, cocoa, salt, raising agent (e500), emulsifier (e322: soy) and flavouring. May contain traces of peanut, other nut, egg or seed.

(1) COLOUR e102: Tartrazine.
The FDA states that over 100,000 people are allergic to tartrazine. U.K. studies have shown that 79% of hyperactive children are allergic to tartrazine. It is believed to cause allergic reactions in 15% of the total population.

Known effects are asthma, altered states of perception and behaviour, uncontrolled hyper agitation and confusion. Known reactions are rhinitis (hay fever), bronchospasms (breathing problems), blurred vision and purple patches on the skin. It may also cause wakefulness in young children at night. Tartrazine is known to inhibit zinc metabolism (zinc is required in over 200 enzyme systems in the body). It is an active ingredient in herbicides used to kill aquatic weeds. In 1986 the British Institute of Mental Handicap linked it with aggressive behaviour in children. Prevents the action of an enzyme that breaks down many potentially harmful toxins formed during digestion. Tartrazine is one of four Azo dyes known to interfere with the digestive enzymes 1-Amylase, Pepsin and Trypsin. The British Medical Journal, the “Lancet”, lists these problems associated with tartrazine:- Allergies; Thyroid Tumours; Lymphocytic Lymphomas, Chromosomal Damage; Trigger for Asthma; Urti! caria; Hyperactivity.
As an Azo Dye, it is implicated in bladder cancer, liver cancer and sarcomas. (In hair dyes,
tartrazine is absorbed through the skin.)

Tartrazine is completely banned from foods in Norway and Finland and is heavily restricted
in Austria, Sweden and Germany. **WHY not in other countries????

(2) COLOUR e110 - Also called FD & C Yellow No.6; Cl Food Yellow 3.
Causes cancer. Azo Dye - As an Azo Dye, it is implicated in bladder cancer, liver cancer and sarcomas. (In hair dyes, tartrazine is absorbed through the skin.) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon - (listed as human carcinogens by the EPA). Aspirin sensitive people will incur allergies to Sunset Yellow. It produces urticaria, angi-oedema (swelling of the blood vessels), gastric upset, and vomiting. Dangerous to asthmatics and causes hyperactivity and ADD. Should be avoided by those suffering from rhinitis.

One in 1000 are allergic to Sunset Yellow. It is one of four Azo dyes known to interfere with the
digestive enzymes 1-Amylase, Pepsin and Trypsin. The “Lancet” list these problems associated with Sunset Yellow: hives; rhinitis; nasal congestion; bronchoconstriction; when combined with Amaranth [123] or Ponceau [124], it may cause an anaphylactoid reaction; eosinophilotactic
purpura; allergies; kidney tumours; chromosomal damage; abdominal pain; indigestion
for food.

(Dogs fed 2% suffered eye defects, sometimes causing blindness. Caused an increased
of tumours in animals. Growth retardation and weight loss was experienced.

Completely banned in U.K., Norway, Finland and Sweden **WHY not in other countries????

(3) COLOUR e129

Artificial colouring. Coal Tar Dye. Also called FD&C No.40). An allergen in allergic skin conditions.
Increases heart rate and is implicated in behavioural problems. Should be avoided by those
suffering from asthma, rhinitis and urticaria. Tumours and lymphomas can result from consuming
Allura Red.

Banned in Austria, Norway and Finland. Prohibited throughout the EEC.

(4) COLOUR e133 -

Artificial colouring. Also called Cl Acid Blue 2; Cl Pigment Blue 24; FD&C No.1. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon - (listed as human carcinogens by the EPA). Triphenylmethane Dye.14% are allergic to this dye. Hyperactivity and skin allergies. Should not be consumed by young children or infants. Highly CARCINOGENIC.

Banned in the British Commonwealth 1972-1980, Austria, Belgium, France, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland and Germany. **WHY not in other countries????

(5) COLOUR 150 & E150 Caramel (E150a - Plain Caramel; E150b - Caustic Sulphite Caramel; E150c - Ammonia Caramel; E150d - Sulphite Ammonia Caramel). Flavouring made from sucrose. Causes damage to some genes, slows down growth, causes enlargement of kidneys and intestines and may destroy Vitamin D. Can cause convulsions. Causes Vitamin B6 deficiencies. TERATOGENIC and CARCINOGENIC. Causes hyperactivity. Is a neurotoxic hazard.

Its up to you to know what you are putting in and on your body, be informed and make a choice for yourself and your health.

www.freeinfonontoxiclife.blogspot.com
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:02 pm

Wow, my wife will be pleased she stopped eating them.
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:56 pm

Anchor wrote:
Wow, my wife will be pleased she stopped eating them.

hey, anchor, aren't YOU glad she stopped eating them?
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:57 pm

Yes I am glad. I am glad I stopped too :)

Tim Tam's are an Australian affliction. We both got the habit when we arrived here at the end of 06. It didnt last long and reading the above is a real eye-opener.

Reunite: do you think there is a list of dangerous chemicals allowed in Australia but not the rest of the world ? Are we tougher to kill or something, so better weapons required?
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:30 pm

It seems aussies are the ginnie pigs for experiments.

http://www.ausfoodnews.com.au/2008/09/08/artificial-colours-debate-heats-up-with-calls-for-a-ban-on-six-food-additives.html

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The issue of artificial food colours is about to be drawn out into the public forum in Australia, with a call for a phase out of six artificial colours.

The Food Intolerance Network (FIN) is to send a letter today to FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand), which will call for a ban on six additives [sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122), allura red (E129), tartrazine (E102) and ponceau 4R (E124)]. The colours are used in a diverse range of food and have previously been linked to hyperactivity in children.

The FIN has managed to garner the support of “over 100 influential health professionals, educators, food manufacturers and children support service providers” as part of the “Kids First Campaign” - a combined initiative of Additive Alert, FIN and Additive Education which will be launched on Today Tonight this evening. Additive Alert claim that “at least 60 food additives” of those approved for use in Australia (300+) are “at best questionable in terms of safety”.

The issue has been prominent in Europe this year, with the UK Food Standards Agency encouraging manufacturers to find alternatives to the additives and advocating a phase out, while the EU passed legislation to improve labelling. The decisions were largely based on the “Southampton Study”, which found that a mix of one of the six previously mentioned food additives with the preservative sodium benzoate could lead to increased hyperactivity in children. The strength of the study has since been questioned.

In July, the European Parliament voted in favour of labelling foods containing the six food colours E110, E104, E122, E129, E102 and E124 with the words “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”.

FSANZ has looked into the UK study but believes the use of food additives in Australia is different and, as a result, the study isn’t particularly relevant. “A study we’ve done this year has found the levels of these colours in Australian food is much less than is used in the UK study,” Lydia Bookman from FSANZ told ABC Online.

Also urea formaldehyde is the primary binder used when manufacturing MDF which is Carcinogentic. Banned in most sensible countries, but not in Australia.

However the biggest experiment was the Port Arthur massacre. This was to disarm the population period
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:26 am

i knew there was a reason i could only ever eat one or two at a time :)

@reunite, yeah theres been plenty of dodgy experiments done down here i reckon. remeber the giardia outbreak in sydney water about ten years ago? there were a lot of people in town around that time for madeline albright's state visit.
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:23 pm

How could I forget that one stal...we all had to boil our tap water for weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:52 pm

so how does it taste? looks like an australian chocolate kitkat bar.
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PostSubject: Re: What's in a Tim Tam Biscuit?   Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:57 am

tastes prettty good if you like sweet biscuts. choc crème in between shortbread, covered in milk choc. sort of :) its been awhile since I had one.
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