Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

Win Whole Kids certified organic snacks & the ‘Go Natural’ book

July 22nd, 2012

Whole Kids is Australia’s first range of certified organic snacks for kids that are all natural with no junk, no artificial additives, colourings or preservatives. Adults will love them too!!


Whole Kids Snacks Pack


This Whole Kids organic pack includes yummy snacks such as:

  • 6 packs of Organic sultana
  • 5 packs of Organic apple & sultana fruit filled bar
  • 2 packs of Organic apple juice
  • 2 packs of Organic apple + blackcurrant juice
  • 2 packs of Organic apple + pear juice
  • Organic manuka honey popcorn
  • Organic sea salt popcorn
  • Organic original sea salt corn chips
  • Organic cheese corn chips


You will also receive a copy of my book “Go Natural – The No 1 Organic Handbook”.


To win these Whole Kids organic snacks & ‘Go Natural’ book, all you need to do is ‘Like’ The Organics Institute Facebook Page and write a comment underneath this Facebook post stating why you would like to win this Organic Snack Pack. You will be entered into the draw.

Closing Date:  5th August 2012 


Don’t miss out!. You could be the lucky winner of this yummy Organic Snack Pack.

The winner will be announced on The Organics Institute Facebook Page on the Monday 6th August 2012.


Please note that this prize can only be offered to people who reside in Australia.


Good luck!

Esther Lok


Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.


10 Tips on How to Avoid Artificial Food Colourings

July 16th, 2012

In Australia, there are more than 300 food additives which are approved for use including those synthetically made from petrochemicals. Each food additive is identified by its name and a number; and classified by the functions it performs. For a comprehensive list, click here

Additives are used in foods to replace the nutritional value and taste lost in processing, enhance their texture or appearance, prolong shelf life, stop food from decaying and facilitate the preparation of processing.

They are also used to replace ‘real’ ingredients to enhance flavour, giving extra taste to otherwise bland products and to make junk foods more appealing.



Are food additives safe?

Most of their long term safety is untested and questionable, especially the combined effect of literally hundreds of synthetic chemicals found in food.

Many have been linked to allergic reactions, rashes, headaches, mood problems, asthma, behavioural changes in children, obesity, heart disease and cancer.



Who regulates the use of food additives?

The use of food additives in Australia is governed by the Food Standards Code and regulated by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

If an additive is approved for use by FSANZ, it is considered safe. However, there are some food additives approved for use in Australia when they are banned in other countries. 

Under the current legislation, manufacturers are not required to list food additives if they are present in an ingredient that comprises 5 per cent or less of the product. Manufacturers also do not have to specify whether additives are natural or synthetic on the labels of products.

Some manufacturers like to use the word ‘natural’ whenever possible to attract customers. Food additives derived from natural sources are not necessarily safer than other additives. Be aware of this when choosing food products and don’t be swayed by deceptive marketing tactics and claims of natural ingredients.


Food Colourings

Artificial colourings serve no purpose in food. They are only used by manufacturers to enhance the appearance of their products especially those marketed to children.

Would you feed yourself or your children petroleum? Do you know that artificial food colourings are made from coal tar and petrochemicals?


Food Colourings

» Read more: 10 Tips on How to Avoid Artificial Food Colourings

Follow your passion & live your dream

July 8th, 2012

This story is a living proof that when we follow our dreams and passion, anything is possible.

In 2005, a newly married couple James & Monica decided to put all their life savings on the line and followed their dreams and passion. They wanted to create a food business that really care for kids’ health and develop programs to assist children in need.

Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they successfully created Australia’s first range of certified organic snacks for kids, which are all natural with no junk, no artificial additives, colourings or preservatives.


James & Monica


In 2011, they went on to establish a non-profit organisation called “One Per cent for Our Kids”, where they donate one per cent of their total revenue to fund projects to help improve kids’ health, their communities and their environment. 

Here’s their story….

» Read more: Follow your passion & live your dream

The True Story of Cosmetics

May 1st, 2012

Since the advent of petroleum ingredients in the mid 1900’s, chemicals have been proliferated throughout our world. The practice of using some substances with the assumption that it was safe until proven otherwise became routine. Only limited research has been done on many of the chemicals that can be legally used in cosmetics.


Chemicals in skin care products

Chemicals & Petrochemicals


There are three types of chemicals that are of particular concern. These are commonly found in skin care products and cosmetics:

1)     chemicals that cause cancer or damage our DNA

2)     endocrine disrupting chemicals or hormone disruptor which interfere with our hormonal systems

3)     persistent organic pollutants that won’t dissipate in our body or the environment and accumulate and cause increased exposure levels over time

There is growing concern that daily exposure to a combination of toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, skin care and personal care products could result in detrimental long term health effects.


“Personal care products expose children to an average of 60 chemicals every day that they can breathe in or absorb through their skin.” 

Environmental Working Group

» Read more: The True Story of Cosmetics

The Dark Side of the Genetically Modified Food Industry

March 31st, 2012


Being a medical doctor for more than 15 years and having spent many of those researching organic living, I thought I had a firm grasp on the effects of genetically modified foods on our health and the environment.


I recently conducted an interview with Dr Maarten Stapper, who has worked as a scientist for 30 years in 4 continents including Australia as a CSIRO scientist.


Dr Maarten Stapper


We discuss the issues surrounding genetically modified foods and the effects on our health and the environment. I was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and I was alarmed by what he has to say regarding the process involved in the introduction of these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into our food chain.


Whether we like it or not, this technology will affect each and every one of us. We all need to listen to what he has to say about GMOs in our food and the science behind genetic modification.

» Read more: The Dark Side of the Genetically Modified Food Industry

Welcome to our blog!

March 29th, 2012


Dr Esther Lok

We look forward to sharing with you our journey towards living a healthy organic lifestyle, free from toxic chemicals.


We will share with you how we gradually made small changes and took small steps towards changing our own habits as we learnt and discovered more of the hidden, harmful chemicals found in our everyday lives.


We will show you practical ways on how to gradually adopt an organic lifestyle, how to care for your skin & body without toxic chemicals, how to have a clean & fresh smelling home without using harmful chemicals and what nasty ingredients to avoid.


You will be able to join us in our conversations with experts whom we met along our journey and share all the resources that we have personally found to be helpful and inspirational.


We would love to have you alongside us as we travel together on this path of life. We aspire to live a life that is not just better for our health, but also more sustainable for our future generations.


We would love to hear your stories and your experience in your journey towards a truly natural and healthier organic lifestyle.


» Read more: Welcome to our blog!