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Are Food Additives Harmful to Your Health?

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-11-25      Origin: Site

What are the food additives?

Food additives are synthetic ingredients, meaning they are not naturally derived, added to food to enhance its appearance, texture, taste, and freshness.

First of all, clarify a concept, additives include edible salt, vinegar, soy sauce, chicken essence and other commonly used dietary accessories, so few cooked foods do not have additives, if any, sweet potatoes, corn, directly steamed or cooked tubers are counted.


Preservatives commonly used are sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, sulfur dioxide, lactic acid, etc. It is used in food processing such as jams and preserves.

Antioxidants -  Similar to preservatives, they can extend the shelf life of foods. Commonly used are dimensional C, heterodimensional C and so on.

Colorants - commonly used synthetic pigments are carmine, amaranth red, lemon yellow, indigo and so on. It changes the appearance of food and makes it appetite-enhanced.

Thickeners and stabilizers -  can improve or stabilize the physical properties of cold diets, giving food a smooth and delicate appearance. They keep frozen foods such as ice cream soft and loose in their structure for a long time.

Leavening agents -  The addition of leavening agents to some candies and chocolates can promote the production of carbon dioxide by the sugar body, which acts as a bulking agent. Commonly used leavening agents are sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, compound leavening agent, etc.

Sweeteners - commonly used synthetic sweeteners are saccharin sodium, cyclamate, etc. The aim is to increase the sweetness.

Acidulants - some beverages, candies, etc. often use acidulants to adjust and improve the aroma effect. Commonly used citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, lactic acid, etc.

Whitening agent -  Benzoyl peroxide is the main component of flour whitening agent. The maximum dosage allowed to be added to flour in Chinese food is 0.06g/kg. Whitening agent exceeds the standard, will destroy the nutrition of flour, benzoic acid produced after hydrolysis will cause damage to the liver, benzoyl peroxide in developed countries such as the European Union has been banned as a food additive.

Spices -  Spices are both synthetic and natural, and there are many types of fragrances. Consumers often eat a variety of flavors of chocolate, and a variety of spices are widely used in the production process, giving it a variety of unique flavors.

 

Why they’re added to foods

Many food products contain emulsifiers, stabilizers, or thickeners to improve the quality of the product. These additives help bind ingredients, such as oil and water, to produce a more uniform texture and appearance .

 

llegal additives ≠ food additives

Those illegal additives (melamine, Sudan red, potassium bromate, hanging white lump, saccharin", etc.), no matter how much is added to food, are illegal. In the past those abhorrent food events, food additives do not back the pot.


Food additives are different, as long as they are not overweight and used beyond the range, they are legal. For example, adding state-licensed pigments to fructose is not illegal as long as the content does not exceed the standard. Unless scientific research reveals new toxic reactions, there are no government departments to change the limit or remove it from the list of food additives.

 

 



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