Food Additives Articles

This section contains informative articles on food additives including food preservatives, food colors etc. You will find all types of information about benefits, drawbacks as well as facts and latest reports on beneficial as well as harmful food preservatives, lists of food additive components and other facts about natural and synthetic food additives and colors, food preservation processes, solvent dyes, emulsifiers, sweeteners and other such issues related to food additive business and uses

  • Caffeine Food Additive- How Much is Safe?
    16 March 2011- Caffeine is one of a group of naturally occurring stimulants (methylxanthine, or xanthine) which is found in the leaves, seeds, or fruit of numerous plants around the world. It is also one of the world's most widely used...

  • Sea Salt vs Table Salt- Benefits and Drawbacks
    17 January 2011- People all over the world are getting more and more health conscious. This has led to the awareness about health benefits of different food products, especially those...

  • How Do Food Additives Affect Your Health?
    16 December 2010- There are thousands of harmful food additives that we are consuming every day. Many of these food additives have been show to be harmful to our health....

  • How to Preserve Fruit
    10 December 2010- Whether you have an orchard, or the neighbors gave you a bushel of fresh fruit, the bountiful harvest will only last a short while if you do not take steps to preserve it. There are three basic ways of preserving fruit...

  • The Best Methods of Food Preservation
    2 December 2010- Food preservation is one of the oldest technologies that humans use, and people will always disagree on which are the best methods of food preservation....

  • Turmeric Food Coloring : Side Effects
    29 October 2010- Turmeric is being used as a food color in India as well as many other Asian countries, since ages. Apart from the food coloration purpose, turmeric is also believed to have medicinal and therapeutic uses. With all due respect to...

  • Seasoning v/s Flavoring
    27 October 2010- Seasoning and flavoring are two different things which are often confused with one another with regard to food. Though, technically both these things are quite different from each other. At times both these things are...

  • All About Homemade Soup Thickeners
    25 October 2010- Homemade soups can be divided into two categories, namely: Clear soups and Thickened soups. This difference is strictly with regard to the liquid part of soup and not about the solid ingredients. The fluid of a clear soup is.... 

  • Natural Emulsifying Food Additives
    22 October 2010- There are thousands of harmful food additives that we are consuming every day. Many of these food additives have been show to be harmful to our health. The information in this article will help empower you.... 

  • Tapioca Starch and its Applications
    07 October 2010- Tapioca starch is a thickener and stabilizer that is used in puddings, breads, sauces, fruit pies and meat products. It does not lose it quality even on reheating and freezing. When tapioca starch is used as.... 

  • Natural Food Coloring- What a Healthy Option!
    04 October 2010- Just imagine your food as black and white! Or some dull colors like muddy Grey! Will you be tempted enough to eat them? Most of the people would not. Seeing is very significant for us human beings and.... 

  • What is an Artificial Sweetener and Artificial Sweeteners Side Effects?
    September 28, 2010- Since our birth, we have inclination towards sugar and for some it is really hard to resist the sweet taste. But intake of too much sugar leads to dental problems like cavity.... 

  • Saffron Benefits and its Side Effect
    September 25, 2010- Saffron is a golden yellow colored spice that has many health benefits. Saffron is an extraordinary and popular herb that is used in exquisite.... 

  • Fat Replacer Types and Health Effects
    September 21, 2010- Fat replacer is the substitute of fat that is consumed in place of whole or part of fat. Although the food wont contain any fat yet it will taste and feel like the one having fat...... 

  • MSG Allergy and Monosodium Glutamate Sensitivity
    September 15, 2010- MSG allergy is the reaction to food additive monosodium glutamate that is extensively used in many kinds of food..... 

  • Live a Healthy Life with Natural Food Coloring
    September 10, 2010- Dull colored food or food without any color has no appeal and you wont eat it as appearance matters a lot to human beings. Food coloring has been used in every civilization. Like in ancient Egypt, saffron was used to impart yellow color.... 

  • What is a Defoamer?
    September 9, 2010- Defoamer is an antifoaming agent that inhibits the formation of foam on the surface of liquids by reducing the surface tension. In the additive industry it is typically known as defoamer or defoaming agent..... 

  • Tartaric Acid- Structure & Uses
    September 4, 2010- Tartaric acid is food acid that is found naturally in fruits and vegetable plants like grapes & bananas. A diprotic acid, it carries two hydrogen atoms on each molecule. Although tartaric acid is a naturally occurring food acid it can be.... 

  • Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gum- Food Thickener & Other Uses 
    August 31, 2010- Carboxymethyl cellulose gum is a derivative of the carboxymethyl groups. It is popularly used as a thickener for a variety of uses. It is used for industrial uses as well as found in household as a food thickener. It is a part of a lot of things that we use on a daily basis..... 

  • Citric Acid Sources & Citric Foods 
    August 30, 2010- Citric acid, E 330, with its sour taste is quite a liked flavor in our everyday foods consumption. A weak organic acid, citric acid works as a natural preservative, that is a part of the majority of packaged foods available in the market. Apart from being a preferred natural preservative.... 

  • Titanium White- Titanium Dioxide Pigment Uses
    August 27, 2010- Titanium dioxide, by occurrence is an oxide of titanium. It occurs in the three different kinds of minerals - rutile, anatase & brookite. The most... 

  • Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin- Properties & Uses
    August 26, 2010- Copper chlorophyllin, E 141 is the most commonly found sodium/copper derivative of chlorophyll. Chlorophyllin is a collective term used for green plant pigments extracted from plants and then put to a number of varying uses. Chlorophyllin are... 

  • Acacia Gum- Emulsifier & Other Uses
    August 20, 2010- Acacia gum is also known as the Arabic gum that is natural gum derived from the sap of the Acacia trees. Known by a lot of other popular names like chaar gund and meska, acacia gum is... 

  • What is Harmful about the Harmful Junk Food?
    August 19, 2010- Junk food is what youngsters eat these days! And not just youngsters, even the young kids are excited about a Mc Donald's burger or a Domino's pizza. ..... 

  • Caramel Food Coloring Uses & Allergies
    August 18, 2010- Caramel is the dye that makes your yummy cake look the color it is! Caramel food color is the delicious looking color that lends a brown color..... 

  • Methods Of Food Preservation 
    August 17, 2010- Food preservation is an important task in the contemporary context. We consume a lot of processed and packaged food that lies on the retail shelves for quite a long time. To ensure that this packaged food remains edible and safe for consumption, preservatives are added to it..... 

  • Dangerous Food Additives In Salad Dressing
    August 12, 2010- With fruits and vegetables being the main ingredients, fresh salads definitely make for healthy food in general. But the same cannot be said about the salad dressings. Salad dressings usually contain a number of artificial food additives for enhancing flavor and extending their shelf life. For those who shift to fresh.... 

  • Health Benefits Of Flavor Enhancing Spices
    August 10, 2010- Spices have been a part of our daily meals since civilizations. They are a part of all our meals as flavor enhancing spices. But health benefits of spices have often been underrated. Domestic spices are leaden with beneficial, medicinal properties that help fight a lot of everyday diseases along and.... 

  • Organic Coffee Beans- Coffee Without Chemicals
    August 09, 2010- The buzz around organic coffee beans is sure to catch the attention of even the non coffee lovers, leave alone those addicted to it. The new trend around organic and herbal tastes and lifestyles are bringing about a shift in the way coffee drinkers generally understand & perceive beverage consumption..... 

  • Grapefruit Pectin Benefits & Medicinal Properties
    August 04, 2010- Pectin is a word often used with reference to jams & jellies. Pectin is basically a thickening agent or a stabilizer that is found in fruit peels. Some of the popular sources of pectin are apples, apricots, cherries and oranges. The gelling agent is actually a complex carbohydrate, found in cell wall of plants and also between the cell walls. ... 

  • Common Food Thickeners- How to Use them in Everyday Cooking?
    July 31, 2010- As the name goes, food thickeners are used to have more thickness or consistency in liquid food items. Many types of thickeners and vegetable gums are used in prepared food or the processed food we buy but did you know that we use so many food thickeners in cooking everyday right at our homes too! Yes, there are many natural food thickeners as well as... 

  • Lecithin- An Introduction to the Natural Emulsifier
    July 29, 2010- Everyone is now aware of the fact that many food additives- natural as well as artificial- are added to processed food items. Emulsifiers are one of such widely used food additives. There are many examples of such food items that are prepared with emulsifiers such as Mayonnaise (vegetable oil in lemon juice or vinegar, with egg yolk lecithin as emulsifier.) Lecithin is... 

  • Understanding Food Additives- Are They Safe?
    July 28, 2010- Understanding food additives has really become a tough task. First of all because different people talk differently about all types of food additives. Secondly, we come across various research reports talking altogether differently about the same food additive- one says its a safe additive and the others say it is not a safe food additive. Thirdly... 

  • Side Effects of Harmful Food Preservatives
    July 26, 2010- Food preservatives have been used since quiet a long time in the history of processed food as well as homemade food. The difference remained that the natural preservative never proved to be harmful to human health whereas the chemical food preservatives had many side effects. Harmful food preservatives have been accused of many health... 

  • List of Gluten Free Food Additives
    July 13, 2010- Gluten is a type of protein found in cereals like rye, wheat, and barley. People with coeliac or celiac disease cannot have gluten due to the health risk involved in gluten for them. There are some other people like those suffering from dermatitis herpetiformis and wheat allergy who can not have gluten. So, gluten free diet is... 

  • What are Monosodium Glutamate Side Effects?
    July 5, 2010- Monosodium Glutamate also called flavor enhancer 621 is one of the popular flavorings that also occurs naturally in some foods. The artificial MSG flavor enhancer was discovered in 1908 by a professor at .... 

  • Hungarian Paprika - History, Varieties & Uses
    June 21, 2010-Paprika spice is a fine powder that is ground from the bell peppers and chili peppers variety of Capsicum annuum. It is used as a seasoning and as a food color to induce a to the food.... 

  • Ponceau 4r (e124)
    June 16, 2010- Ponceau 4r (e124) is a synthetic food color that is added to induce a red color in food. Its chemical name is trisodium salt of 1-(4-sulpho-1-napthylazo)- 2-napthol- 6,8-disulphonic acid. Ponceau red is... 

  • Food Additive Allergy and Food Allergies Symptoms
    June 15, 2010- Food additive allergy is not a new things as there are many kinds of food additive allergies like skin allergy, gastrointestinal food additive allergy, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiac and neurologic food additive... 

  • Sodium Benzoate - Properties, Uses & Side Effects
    June 09, 2010- Sodium benzoate is a widespread food preservative that is found in a number of food products. It is basically a type of salt that is, mostly. 

  • Sunset Yellow (E110) - FD&C Yellow 6
    June 04, 2010- Sunset yellow color is a synthetic azo dye that is commonly used in fermented foods that require to be heat treated. Sunset yellow dye is basically fd&c yellow 6 with C.I. 15985 and E 110. Sunset yellow is primarily used as a food colorant to lend a sunset yellow...

  • Bilberry Extract Benefits & Bilberry Side Effects
    June 01, 2010- Bilberry extract is derived from the bilberry fruit found mainly in Northern Europe. Bilberry fruit belongs to the berry family of raspberries, cranberries, blackberries and blueberries. The main constituent of the bilberry extract is as an antioxidant pigment called the anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are water soluble pigments that can...

  • Stevia Sweetener, Stevia Uses & Stevia Side Effects
    May 29, 2010- Most of the artificial sweeteners are synthetically prepared and carry some or the other kind of harmful constituents. Artificial sweeteners like crystallized sugar or industrialized sugar powder pose health problems ...

  • Potassium Sorbate Preservative
    May 28, 2010- Potassium sorbate is a commonly used food preservative, that is in scientific terms, the potassium salt of the sorbic acid. Its e number is 202, CAS number is ...

  • Natural Food Dyes & Artificial Food Colorings
    May 27, 2010- Imagining food without any color in it is impossible ! Food would be so boring a thing without the exciting colors in it. Most of the kids are taught colors with fruits and vegetables. Red apples, orange oranges, yellow mangoes, green ...

  • List of Banned Food Additives
    May 24, 2010- Certain food additives are in the list of banned food additives because of many reasons and one of these is the hazard it presents to the consumer in the form of allergies and reactions. In the safety measures the amount of food...

  • Harmful Food Additives - Harmful Food Preservatives & Chemical Food Colors
    May 21, 2010- Food additives, both natural and chemical food additives are found in almost all the packaged food available in the market. But not all of them are safe. Harmless food additives are...

  • Tartrazine - Yellow Dye 5
    May 19, 2010- Tartrazine - The yellow food dye 5 or yellow dye 5, is a yellow colored food coloring, Tartrazine has E number 102 and is a very popular synthetic food...

  • MSG - Monosodium Glutamate, Flavor Enhancing Food Additive
    May 15, 2010- Monosodium Glutamate or sodium glutamate is the full form for MSG. It is nothing bust a sodium salt derived from the naturally occurring amino acid glutamate acid. It is popularly used...

  • Guar Gum Benefits And Uses
    May 14, 2010- Guar gum is a complex carbohydrate that is derived from the guar plant seeds, primary found in India and Pakistan. Guar gum is actually a kind of polymer known as...

  • Xanthan Gum - Properties, Uses & Side Effects
    May 06, 2010- Technically, xanthan gum( e number e415) is a polysaccharide used a food additive, produces by the fermentation if sugar or glucose, using the Xanthomonas campestries bacterium. In layman terms, it is nothing but a natural carbohydrate gum, produced by...

  • Preserving Food With Natural Food Preservatives
    May 05, 2010-Food preservatives are food additives that serve the specific purpose of preserving the food for longer time spans. A number of natural and artificial preservatives are used for preserving different kinds of foods...

  • Introduction To Popular Permitted Food Additives
    May 03, 2010- Food additives imply refer to ingredients that are put into the food for a specific purpose like preserving, adding a flavor, color, aroma or essence. Each food additive might have more...

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