DO YOU KNOW what is in the food you eat? That's the question Australian author and children's health food advocate Melanie Avery helped answer for Cooma parents and grandparents last week.
The Cooma Library hosted a special meet the author event with Mrs Avery on Thursday where she spoke about the health impact of colours, flavours and preservatives added to food we often think is healthy.
Mrs Avery began eliminating food with additives from her family's diet after watching a news program that explained how additives in food can cause adverse health reactions. She was particularly interested as one her children often complained of pains in her tummy which would become very bloated and distended.
"She would also become quite irritable and over sensitive. I wanted to know why this was happening," she said.
"After eliminating just four regular products from our family's diet I noticed a difference in our health and wellbeing."
A few months later she began to look more closely at the food labels of other products and discovered many ingredients have detrimental effects to humans, especially the growing bodies and minds of children.
"We decided that eliminating these additives from our diet would benefit all of us, so from that day on, we became an additive free household."
Mrs Avery has written three books- Let's Party! Additive Free, Let's visit! Additive Free and Let's Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free.
"Lets Party! Additive free was written to help parents provide their children with a fun and coulourful party without the children going 'crazy' from all of the chemical additives, particularly colours, flavours and preservatives," she said.
At the library Mrs Avery went through foods that are additive free and foods that have additives.
Those who attended also got to sample some of the food from her books and learn how to create a healthy, happy family themselves.
Her books are available from Lambie Street Preschool, as a fundraiser.