Are you wanting to know which food is ‘good’ for you and which is ‘bad’?

There are a heap of studies on food available online – you know the ones – coffee is good for you or bad for you, red wine is good for you or bad for you, chocolate helps to prevent heart disease etc etc.

Before you take any food study seriously it really pays to find out who paid for it because quite often the study is funded by big food interests who are determined to prove that their unhealthy, processed food is actually okay.

For example Mars Inc (makers of Mars bars) funded a study which said cocoa improves cognitive function, blood pressure and metabolic function in elderly people.

And the Juice Products Association paid for a study which supports the position that 100% fruit juice delivers essential nutrients and phytonutrients, provides year-round access to a variety of fruits, and is a cost-effective way to help people meet fruit recommendations.


This article by Marian Nestle looks at recent food studies that have a conflict of interest – it’s interesting to see who paid for the studies and what the finding was.

Wendyl also wrote a book a few years ago ‘Supermarket Companion, how to bring home good food’ which covers two years of her life whilst writing her column in The New Zealand Herald, Wendyls Wants To Know.

There’s a comprehensive Food Code Table that lists the food code, what ingredient it represents and what it could do to you from a health perspective.

Also find out about the 49 food additives that should be avoided and which food colourings have been banned in the USA and UK but are still allowed into our food in NZ.

There’s also the low down on over 45 common supermarket products – find out what’s really in these processed foods and check out Wendyls recipe alternatives.

These charts from Wendyl Nissen’s book Supermarket Companion highlight the most problematic additives …