Food Additives

Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste and appearance. Some additives have been used for centuries; for example, preserving food by pickling, salting, as with bacon, preserving sweets or using sulfur dioxide as with wines. With the advent of processed foods in the second half of the 20th century, many more additives have been introduced, of both natural and artificial origin.


Food additives can be divided into several groups, although there is some overlap between them.

Acids,Acidity regulators, Anticaking agents, Antifoaming agents, Antioxidants, Bulking agents, Food coloring, Color retention agents, Emulsifiers, Flavors, Flavor enhancers, Flour treatment agents, Glazing agents, Humectants, Tracer gas, Preservatives, Stabilizers, Sweeteners, Thickeners.