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Yoghurt, an eczema trigger


It all started with my new bucket of yummy yoghurt being so thick you could barely get a spoon stuck into it. What followed was an eye opener of tracking 'new' ingredients on the label (small wonder the packaging is now all new and exciting).


New ingredient number one:

Modified starch, in other words GMO, for we have no more commercially available non-GMO maize products in South Africa. Since when do they add starch to yoghurt or was it just never included on the label? So that brand of yoghurt lost me as a customer for I do not want thick yoghurt with a known GMO in it in any case.


New ingredient number two:

Then followed a 'new' ingredient I had not noticed before. The old preservative, used without any known harmful effects for generations, was missing and proudly displayed in its place was 'Pimaracin/Primaricin'.

Alarm bells went off for everything with a 'cin' at the end usually ends up, or starts in pharmaceuticals.

Pimaricin/Primaricin is a chemically engineered 'natural' preservative (going through a long process to be produced, thus the label of 'natural'???).

Originally used as the main ingredient of an eye antibiotic, it has also become a food additive used to prevent mould on products in order to enhance the shelf life. It should generally be safe, if you like to actually eat antibiotics in your yoghurt.

The sad tale is that the more I searched for information, not just on the so-called Food Additive, but the eye antibiotic, it came to light that some documents on Pimaricin/Primaricin, Natamycin or E235, as it is also known as, stated that the product was not suitable for children, and people with a sensitivity to aspirin or penicillin should actually stay far away from it. It may also exacerbate asthmatic and eczema-type conditions (as in my case).

Some governments are not yet of the opinion that Pimaricin/Primaricin is safe to use in some food types, although it is commonly used as a mould deterrent on cheese and some types of cold meats. There still seems to be an ongoing global debate about the product and what it may legally be used in. The EU had scrapped Pimaricin/Primaricin from being used in wine while some companies refuse to add it to their products.


Negative impact of Antibiotics in food, especially Yoghurt:

Almost everyone knows that antibiotics destroy good bacteria as well. So think about this. Your doctor prescribes antibiotics, encouraging you to take some yoghurt to help restore the good bacteria (rather than prescribing an expensive pharmaceutical probiotic).

Now the yoghurt already contains an antibiotic, sitting in your fridge, destroying the natural probiotics in your yoghurt, resulting in a watery mess that no-one wants to eat . . . ahh, but wait - add some starch to thicken up the mess and no CONSUMER will notice the difference . . .

until they have a runny tummy, their children break out in hives or sudden asthmatic events,

and somewhere along the line the doctors are screaming about bacteria becoming drug resistant!

I wonder why?

Personally, I do not want to use products that trigger my eczema (GMO corn/soy and this type of antibiotic), or destroy the little bit of probiotics I can legally feed my family without a prescription.

In future I will make sure to avoid all products with the abovementioned ingredients, not just for myself, but for the overall health of my family as well.

Organic Shop, Farm Stalls, here we come.


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Note: This article is my personal opinion due to my painful and distressing experience!

First Published: 10 May 2015 

Tags: Asthma Triggers, Drug-resistant antibiotics, E235, Eczema, Eczema Triggers, GMO starch, Natamycin, Pimaricin, Primaricin,  Probiotics, Yoghurt, Yoghurt cultures, Eczema in South Africa, Eczema Cure, Best Eczema Products, 

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