Back to School Lunch Box Series- Roll Ups

Ingredients:

Maltodextrin (Maize or Wheat), Concentrated Fruit Paste (24%) [Apple, Berries (3%), (Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackcurrant)], Modified Starch (1412) (Wheat), Dietary Fibre, (Inulin), Vegetable Oil [Emulsifier (Lecithin) (Soy), Antioxidants (304, 306)], Apple Juice Concentrate (2%), Sugar, Emulsifier (471), Food Acid (Citric, Malic), Natural Flavour, Natural Colours Extracted from Fruit, Vegetables and Plants (Anthocyanin, Carbon Black, Turmeric), Vegetable Gums (410, 415)

 

Maltodextrin (Maize or Wheat) Maltodextrin in this instance has been derived from maize or wheat. It is highly processed and considered to have little flavour and used as a thickener. Studies have shown that this additive has a negative effect on gut bacteria. It has the same carbohydrate content as sugar and sucrose.

Concentrated Fruit Paste (24%) [Apple, Berries (3%), (Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackcurrant)] Highly processed, heated and packaged fruit that enables good replication and transportation for commercial production, in addition lacks nutrients. 

Modified Starch (1412) (Wheat) Derived from wheat 1412, is highly processed and used as a thickener in foods. It is a carbohydrate and is GM. 

Dietary Fibre, (Inulin) So we take the fibre out of fruit only to attempt to put it back in!? Really!? Inulin is a carbohydrate and can cause stomach upset. 

Vegetable Oil [Emulsifier (Lecithin) (Soy) Majority of vegetables are oils extracted from seeds like the rapeseed (canola oil) soybean (soybean oil), corn, sunflower, safflower, etc. These are Genetically Modified and mass produced. These oils came on the market in the early 1900s when new chemical processes allowed them to be extracted. The oil is chemically removed, deodorized, and altered. Check out the following http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/the-great-con-ola/and http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2011/02/17/butter-vs-canola-oil-spot-the-real-food/

Antioxidants (304, 306)] prepared synthetically are used as a colour preservative. In commercial production it is extracted, by distillation in a vacuum, from cottonseed, maize, rice germ, soya been oil, wheat germ, or green leaves and may, therefore, come from Genetically Modified sources.

Apple Juice Concentrate (2%) Highly processed, removes fibre and nutrient contents of fruit.

Sugar - White processed sugar causes inflammation to the body resulting in ill-health. White sugar also depletes our body of nutrients such as Vitamin B's, Magnesium, Calcium and so forth. In addition sugar promotes fattening of the body, weakens the immune system, leads to diabetes. Eating sugar creates fatigue, mind fog, unstable blood sugar levels, memory loss, depression, aggitation and inability to concentrate, skin problems and so much more! 

Emulsifier (471) - Are Synthetic fats, produced from glycerol and natural fatty acids, mainly from plant origin, but also fats of animal origin may be used. The product generally is a mixture of different products, with a composition similar to partially digested natural fat.

Food Acid (Citric, Malic), Citric acid can naturally occur in fruits especially lemons and limes. The natural version creates the sour taste in fruit. However due the the expense of naturally occuring citric acid scientists began to isolate the acid and create a dry chemical replication. It is now used in confections and soft drinks (as a flavouring agent), in metal-cleaning compositions, and in improving the stability of foods and other organic substances (by suppressing the deleterious action of dissolved metal salts).Can be sourced from GM corn. Food Acid may cause irritation to the gut, heartburn, itchy eyes, allergies, can damage teeth. 

Natural Flavour, Please watch this youtube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Unc-MSZJ8s Its a concern that these 'Natural' flavours are not specified and we still do not know where the 'natural' flavour is coming from.

Natural Colours Extracted from Fruit, Concentrated natural colours are high in amines, salicylates and glutamates which young infants should avoide. Its important to understand that natural colours are still produced in labs. A great youtube clip is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Unc-MSZJ8s  

Vegetables and Plants (Anthocyanin, Carbon Black, Turmeric), Colours that are derived from highly processed food.

Vegetable Gums (410, 415). No known side effects, however listed on food to avoid as individuals have reported sensitivities. 

The Alternatives: 

Vanilla and Plum Roll Ups

500g plums (approx. 7)

2 Changing Habits Vanilla Pods

Remove seeds from plums and place into the food processor or thermomix. Process on high until pureed, add in vanilla and combine. Spread mixture evenly over the Ultraflexx Excalibur Tray and place into dehydrator. Turn onto 135 degrees and check every few hours. It is ready when you can peel off the mat and its not too soft or crunchy. 

Cinnamon and Plum Roll Ups

500g Plums (approx. 7)

3 drops Twenty8 Cinnamon Bark Oil

Remove seeds from plums and place into the food processor or thermomix. Process on high until pureed, add in oil and combine. Spread mixture evenly over the Ultraflexx Excalibur Tray and place into dehydrator. Turn onto 135 degrees and check every few hours. It is ready when you can peel off the mat and its not too soft or crunchy. 

Vanilla and Apple Roll Ups

8 Apples, Peeled and cored

2 Changing Habits Vanilla Pods

Prepare apples and steam until soft. Place steamed apples into the food processor or thermomix. Process on high until pureed, add in vanilla and combine. Spread mixture evenly over the Ultraflexx Excalibur Tray and place into dehydrator. Turn onto 135 degrees and check every few hours. It is ready when you can peel off the mat and its not too soft or crunchy. 

Cinnamon and Apple Roll Ups

8 Apples, Peeled and cored

3 drops Twenty8 Cinnamon Bark Oil

Prepare apples and steam until soft. Place steamed apples into the food processor or thermomix. Process on high until pureed, add in oil and combine. Spread mixture evenly over the Ultraflexx Excalibur Tray and place into dehydrator. Turn onto 135 degrees and check every few hours. It is ready when you can peel off the mat and its not too soft or crunchy.


Resources 

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/is-maltodextrin-bad-for-me#3

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-popular-food-additive-can-cause-stoma-idUSTRE6675QC20100708

http://whatcanieat.com.au/a/additives--preservatives/safe--unsafe-additives

http://myadditives.co.uk/archives/25510

http://wellnessmama.com/2193/never-eat-vegetable-oil/