Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Over the years, there has been a growing number of people who take the time to read the ingredients on food labels. We all want to feed our families the best, healthiest, foods. Aldi understands this. The grocery store has removed foods that contain undesirable ingredients.
Aldi has its own private label of products. More than 90 percent of the products sold at Aldi are the ones they sell under their exclusive brands. The private label has been good for consumers because it enables Aldi to keep prices low.
The private label also allows Aldi to have significant control over what is sold on its store shelves. Aldi has the ability to control the ingredients in its private label brands. The grocery store chose to remove ingredients that many of its customers identified as undesirable. Aldi made the announcement after they actually started making those changes.
Aldi took out certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and MSG. The change has already begun, and by the end of the year, none of the undesirable ingredients will be in any of the foods in Aldi’s private label line of products.
In addition, Aldi’s SimplyNature line of products was already free of more than 125 ingredients that consumers have spoken out against. Aldi has also expanded its organic produce options. This gives consumers that are trying to bring home healthy food for their families more options to choose from, and at lower prices than they might find in other grocery stores.
MSG is an abbreviation for monosodium glutamate. It is one of the undesirable ingredients that Aldi has removed from their private line of products. MSG is a flavor enhancer that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines as “generally recognized as safe”.
Some people have no ill effects after eating food that contains MSG. Others can experience side effects that are known as “MSG symptom complex”. Those symptoms can include headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, or weakness. Researchers have not found a definite link between MSG and those symptoms.
Some parents of children who have ADHD, FASD, or autism, like to avoid foods that contain fake dyes and artificial colors. Many believe that the fake coloring in food dyes has an impact on children’s behavior. There are those who feel that certain artificial food dyes set off symptoms in children who are prone to hyperactivity.