What are food additives?
Food additives are found in the majority of the processed foods and drinks which we consume in the
Some additives are used to make dough rise quickly, or to blend fat and water together in products like margarine. Some are used to bulk out foods with added water or air, or to make fatty meat appear lean. Very few of these additives have any nutritional value.
There are currently 323 EU approved food additives allowed into food, drink and medicines in the
Food additives must be listed as ingredients on packaged foods, drinks and medicines, either by their name or their E-number. However, ingredients lists are often written in very small writing, making it hard to see what is really in your food.
There are also around 2,500 flavouring additives allowed into food, drink and medicines in the
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- Why is this website focusing on just seven food additives?
- Can these additives have other health affects?
- More information on each of the additives
For more information on food additives and flavourings, visit The Food Commission website at http://www.foodcomm.org.uk/
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