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Description of various food additives found on ingredient labels.

What is Aspartame?

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What is Aspartame? Purpose: Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute in a wide range of food and drinks.  It is approved for use in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.  Aspartame is marketed under the brands NutraSweet, Equal and Sugar

Posted in Food Additives, Sweetener

Alkannin, A Red Food Dye

Alkanet is the common name for several related plants in the borage family. Alkanna tinctoria is the name of the plant most commonly called alkanet. It is also called dyer’s bugloss and is a source of red dye. Alkannin is the name of the food colouring made from Alkanent.

Posted in Colour, Food Additives, Ingredients

Allura Red

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Allura red (also known as red dye 40) is an artifical dye used to colour foods, medications, and cosmetics.

Posted in Food Additives

Agar Agar

Purpose: As a food additive, agar-agar (or just agar) is used as a gelling agent. It is also used to thicken and/or stabilize various foods. Agar is used to form dental impressions. It is also the preferred medium used to

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients, Thickeners and Gelling Agents

Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids

Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids Purpose: Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids are generally used as emulsifiers.  Basically, that means they can be used to combine oil and water.  Often this is very useful in food applications. Description: An

Posted in Food Additives

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