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Description of various food additives found on ingredient labels.

Saccharin

What is Saccharin? Saccharin is a food additive used as an artificial sweetener. It has an E number of 954.  The name comes from the latin word for sugar, saccharum. Other artificial sweeteners include: Alitame Aspartame Acesulfame-potassium Sucralose Description: Sweeteners

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients, Sweetener

Azodicarbonamide

Sliced Flax Seed Bread

Azodicarbonamide: What is it and Why is it in My Food? Azodicarbonamide has become known as the “yoga mat” chemical. But, what is it really? It is a chemical compound added to flour as a bleaching and improving agent. It

Posted in Bleaching Agent, Food Additives, Ingredients

Natamycin

As previously mentioned, Kraft Foods has recently announced that they will be removing artificial preservatives (specifically sorbic acid) from most of their “Singles” cheese slices. So, what will they used instead? Natamycin. What is Natamycin? Natamycin is sometimes called pimaricin.

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients, Preservative

Sorbic Acid

Kraft Foods has recently announced that they will be removing artificial preservatives (specifically sorbic acid) from most of their “Singles” cheese slices. What is sorbic acid? Sorbic acid is a natural organic compound. “Organic” refers to any compound whose molecules

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients, Preservative

Canadian Crackdown on British Food

Canadian Crackdown on British Food What Happened? So, it’s been in the news in Canada and Britain today. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has barred some British food products from being sold in Canada. From the CBC, British food fans

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients

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