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.