Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Bonne Maman Strawberry Conserve

Swimming in Sugar

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Know your Sugar – Yes… we all know that too much sugar can seriously damage your health but, if you are hooked on its sweet taste, it’s difficult to resist the products that are swimming in it.  But we all have to try that little bit harder if we want to stay healthy.

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Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Lindt Gold Bunny Milk Chocolate

What no sugar?

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Food labelling has certainly got better over the last twenty years, but there are still plenty of unhelpful nutritional labels on the shelves that list sugar under the umbrella term of carbohydrate!  Not helpful if you need to reduce your sugar for health or dietary reasons.  All shoppers should question why there is no sugar value! Are they worried that displaying a high sugar value will affect sales?  Why won’t they let shopper make an informed choice? Shop smart. Check the nutritional labels of comparable product or quickly scan it with Can I Eat It? iPhone app.

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Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Carnaroli Risotto Rice barcode

I’m shopping for Risotto Rice – so what’s the difference?

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Rice like grapes has thousands of different varieties, but just as with grapes only relatively small number make it onto the supermarket shelves.  Indeed like grapes certain types of rice grow better in different parts of the world than others. For example, the chardonnay grape produces its magic in Burgundy, France and the Risotto rice ‘struts its stuff’ in the Pavia region of Northern Italy.   Is all Risotto rice the same? Not if you are a chef or a foodie.

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I’ve tasted Colman’s Instant Beef Gravy Paste…

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I’ve tasted Colman’s Instant Beef Gravy… should you put it in the trolley or leave it on the shelf?

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Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Branston Original Pickle

Buying your cupboard condiments

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Don’t let the shape fool you when buying your food cupboard condiments. Manufacturers know all about optical illusions, so don’t be conned by that long thin bottle standing next to the little dumpy one on the eye-level shelf.  Most of us have tried and have been amazed that that tall glass of continental lager actually pours easily into a chubby pint mug.

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Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Bruichladdich Islay Single Malt Whisky, Islay, Scotland

Food’s fifth taste and it’s not umami

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There is a growing momentum in the restaurant world to promote umami, the natural flavour enhancer in some types of food, to the elevated position of the fifth taste! The first four are: sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  Sorry guys.  You are a thousand or so years too late.  Food and drink’s fifth taste is – terroir!

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Can I Eat It iPhone App lets you know what is in the Riso Gallo Arborio Risotto Rice barcode

Cook it – easy peasy veggie risotto

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Get your apron and cook this easy peasy veggie risotto.  It will impress the non-veggies too. You can of course substitute any of the non-veggie ingredients that are listed below and achieve a similar tasty result.  It takes such little time – so why not cook it!

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