Food additives are chemicals added to foods to keep them fresh or to enhance their colour, flavour or texture. Examples of food additives include food colourings (such as tartrazine), flavour enhancers and a range of preservatives. These chemicals play an important role in today's complex food supply. Never before has the range and choice of foods been so wide either in supermarkets, specialist food shops, or when eating out. Food additives are very carefully regulated and the general criteria for their use are that they perform a useful purpose, are safe and do not mislead the consumer. Browse through this category for various food additive products available in Zambian stores.
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Of more than 3,000 substances used as food additives, salt, sugar, and corn syrup are by far the most widely used additives in food.
Uses of food additives.
Natural additives are chemical compounds extracted from plants, animals or minerals. Synthetic additives are not extracts, but are the result of a chemical or enzymatic reaction. They are either completely identical to a natural equivalent, or pure creations which do not exist in a natural state.