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Description of various food additives found on ingredient labels.

Chlorophyllin Copper Complex

picture of a yellow-green splash - quinoline yellow

Chlorophyllin Copper Complex Chlorophyllin copper complex is often used as a bright green food dye.  It is also known by the name natural green 3 or by the E number 141. Description: Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants their

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Fast Green: The least used of the seven main FDA approved dyes.

Fast Green Fast Green is an artificial food dye with a bright sea green colour. It is also known by the names Food green 3, FD&C Green No. 3, Green 1724, Solid Green FCF, and C.I. 42053. Fast Green has

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Paprika Oleoresin

Paprika Oleoresin Purpose Paprika oleoresin is a natural food additive used because of its ability to color foods a deep red. Description Paprika oleoresin is a red-orange oily material and it is used to colour foods. It also has a

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Harvesting seaweed for carrageenan

Carrageenan Carrageenans are a class of molecule that is extracted from edible red seaweed. Processed eucheuma seaweed is another name for carrageenan. They are commonly used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. Purpose Carrageenan is a

Posted in Food Additives, Ingredients, Thickeners and Gelling Agents

Saffron, The World’s Most Expensive Spice

Photo of saffron crocus

What is Saffron? Saffron is a spice made from the dried stigmas of a crocus flower. It has a distinctive earthy smell and flavour. As an additive it is used to give foods a deep rich golden-yellow colour. It has an E

Posted in Colour, Food Additives, Ingredients, Spices

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