Nice work Mel...
Just want to leave you guys with a question (I will answer 'why' when I return from Italy - wahoooo)
Go to your cupboards and refrigerator, and take a look at how many packaged food items you have in your kitchen - for example, cereal, salad dressing and ice cream. After reading the ingredients to each item, ask yourself:
1. how many words am I unable to pronounce?
2. which of these ingredients have I never heard of and/or have no idea what it is?
The fact of the matter is food and additive manufacturers, like drug manufacturers, are running the largest study ever run in history - and we are the guinea pigs!
In a standard Burger King strawberry milkshake, you will find the following chemicals, and these are for the flavouring alone (i.e. not including the ice cream):
Amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl Nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerbate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl-2butanone (10% solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent (3)!
A couple of key points:
1. if you can't pronounce a word on the label, don't eat it
2. The longer is lasts on the shelf, the worse it is for you - most things nature will not last more than a few days.