Food Additives

Mindmap diagram showing food additive categories

Food Additives

Food Additives

These days it is just about impossible to keep up with food additives. There are just so many, and often times it is hard to just find basic information about an ingredient listed on a food label.

The following set of diagrams is intended to help visualize the types and numbers of possible food additives you might encounter. Not all food additives listed are permitted for use in all countries. There might be some additives that are permitted that I haven’t included.

Note: Some of the images are quite large. Click on a diagram to view the image at it’s true size.

Food Additive Categories

I’ve divided food additives into nine categories. These categories are based on the categories used in Europe to determine an additives E Number. Some additives may have more than just one use, so they may not always be in the category you might expect.

Food Colourings

Mindmap diagram showing food colouring additives

Food Colourings

Anti-oxidents and Acidity Regulators

Mindmap diagram showing anti-oxident food additives

Anti-oxident and Acidity Regulators

Thickeners, Stabilizers and Emulsifiers

Mindmap diagram showing thickening food additives

Thickeners, Stabilizers and Emulsifiers

Flavour Enhancers

Mindmap diagram showing flavour additives

Flavour Enhancers

Sweeteners

Mindmap of sweeteners

Sweeteners

Preservatives

Mindmap of preservatives

Preservatives

Acidity Regulators and Anti-Caking Agents

mindmap acidity regulators and anti-caking agents

Acidity Regulators and Anti-caking Agents

Glazing Agents

mind map of glazing agents

Glazing Agents

Miscellaneous

mind map of miscellaneous food additives

Miscellaneous Food Additives

References:

  1. Current EU Approved Additives and their E Numbers
  2. Summary of Colour Additives for Use in the United States
  3. List of Permitted Colouring Agents in Canada
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2 comments on “Food Additives
  1. Stephanie says:

    Wow, that’s a really detailed categorization. This will be a super helpful tool to show people the possible chemicals they can potentially encounter when they buy packaged/processed goods. Another reason to eat whole foods and cook for yourself :)

    • Mark says:

      Thanks for the comment Stephanie. It is a huge list, and really, no where near complete. I’ve been trying to find ways to visualize the data, and so far, these charts are the best I can come up with.

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