Sausage, sausage, sausage!

I don’t know about you, but sausages are every where we go!

It seems that being an Aussie, every social occasion will have the good old sausage thrown on the barbie.

At every soccer and football match, hotdogs are served afterwards.  Please do let me know if they are also served at netball games and the like, having 5 boys I wouldn’t know!

You will often find them at Bunnings on the weekend…they are everywhere!

Let’s take a look at your typical sausage that is thrown on the BBQ each weekend


Coles BBQ Thick Sausages

14 Ingredients
Beef (70%), Water, Rice Flour, Salt, Acidity Regulator (451), Preservative (223), Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (Maize), Dextrose (Maize), Spice Extracts (160c), Dehydrated Vegetables (Onion and Garlic), Spices, Herb Extracts, Edible Collagen Casing.

  • Do you know what the potential effects are of Preservative (223)?
  • Do you know what Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (Maize) is?
  • Do you know what Dextrose (Maize) is ?

Most sausages will include the following additives:

  1. 1. Flavour enhancers

    MSG or free glutamic acid forms (typical examples include – MSG, calcium caseinate, textured protein, hyrdolysed protein (any protein that is hydrolysed), yeast extract). These flavour enhancers are added to transform what would be an otherwise bland and inferior product into a product that is palatable.  Common side effects of these flavour enhancers include bronchospasms in asthmatics, dizziness, headaches, heart arrhythmia, heart palpitations, irritability, migraines, nausea, neck pain, pins and needles in upper limbs, restlessness and hives

2. Colours

Side effects common for these colours include hyperactivity, allergies, upset stomachs, skin rashes, linked to behaviour and learning problems.

3. Preservatives

Side effects common for these preservatives include nausea, nettle rash, behavioural problems, asthmatics are recommended to avoid.

In my experience, unless you are specifically visiting a butcher, requesting to view the ingredients of the meal used in their sausages, or having your own sausages made, most sausages are full of harmful food additives.

 Let’s see our kids consuming real sausages after their sporting adventures, that are good for them!


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