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Description of various food additives found on ingredient labels.

Benzoic Acid

What is benzoic acid? Benzoic acid is a food preservative currently approved for use in Canada, the US, the EU, Austalia, and New Zealand. It protects foods against yeasts, moulds, and certain types of bacteria. Description Benzoic acid occurs naturally in

Posted in Food Additives, Preservative


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What is eythrosine? It is a red food dye, commonly used in maraschino cherries.

Posted in Colour, Food Additives, Ingredients

What is Lycopene?

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Description: Lycopene is a naturally occurring, bright red pigment that gives tomatoes their colour. The word lycopene actually comes from the Latin, lycopersicum, which is the scientific name for the tomato species (Solanum lycopersicum). Other fruits and vegetables that contain

Posted in Colour, Food Additives, Ingredients


Alitame was developed in the 1980’s as an alternative to other artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Although it is not currently approved in the US, it is available in many other countries.

Posted in Food Additives, Sweetener

Caramel Colour

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What is caramel colour? What foods is is commonly used in? Is it okay to eat?

Posted in Colour, Food Additives

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