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Description of various food additives found on ingredient labels.


What is alginate? Why is it used in food?

Posted in Firming Agent, Food Additives, Ingredients

Potassium sorbate

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Potassium Sorbate is one of the most common food preservatives.

Posted in Food Additives, Preservative

Sodium Aluminum Silicate

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This post describes sodium aluminum silicate and discusses why it is in our food.

Posted in Food Additives


Red Square labelled Amaranth

What is Amaranth? Amaranth is an artificial food dye also known as red dye #2.  It gets its name because the colour is similar to that of the plant named Amaranth. Description: Amaranth is an azo dye similar to allura red.

Posted in Colour, Food Additives

What is Calcium disodium EDTA?

Calcium disodium EDTA is a white, odorless, crystalline powder, with a faint, salty taste. It is commonly used a preservative and sequestrant.

Posted in Food Additives

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