Food additives are a class of chemically synthesized or natural substances used to improve the quality of food, extend the shelf life of food, facilitate food processing and increase the nutritional content of food. He is one of the fastest-growing and improving ingredients in the food industry, today we will introduce you to the market’s nine more mainstream food additives.
1. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a seasoning used in our daily seasoning to strengthen and enhance the flavor of savory dishes.
It is found in a variety of processed foods, such as frozen dinners, savory snacks, and canned soups. It is also often added to food in restaurants and fast food outlets.
2. Artificial food coloring
According to the source of coloring, those extracted from animals and plants are natural coloring, such as purple gum red, anthocyanin. And those who use chemical methods to directly synthesized pigments are called synthetic pigments, such as carmine, lemon yellow, etc.
Artificial food coloring is used to brighten and improve the appearance of a variety of from candy to condiments.
3. Sodium nitrite
It is often found in processed meats, where it acts as a preservative to prevent bacterial growth, and is often used in fast-food meats such as ham sausages.
4. Guar gum
Guar gum is rich in fiber and has many health benefits and is used to thicken and bind foods. It is widely used in the food industry and can be found in ice cream, salad dressings, sauces, and soups.
5. High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn. It is commonly found in sodas, juices, candies, breakfast cereals, and snack foods.
6. Artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners include aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and potassium acetylsulfamate. Used in many diet foods and beverages to enhance sweetness while reducing calorie content.
Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and is used as a thickener, emulsifier, and preservative in many different foods.
Common sources of carrageenan include dairy-free products such as almond milk, cheese, ice cream, coffee creamer, and vegan cheese.
8. Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate is a preservative that is commonly added to carbonated beverages and acidic foods such as salad dressings, pickles, juices, and condiments.
It is generally considered safe by the FDA, but some studies have found potential side effects that should be considered.
9. Yeast Extract
Yeast extract, also known as autolyzed yeast extract or hydrolyzed yeast extract, is added to certain savory foods such as cheese, sauces, and savory snacks to add flavor.
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