What are Food Additives?
Food additives are substances that are added to food during processing or manufacturing to improve the taste, texture, appearance, shelf-life, or safety of the food product. Food additives can include a wide range of substances, such as preservatives, flavor enhancers, coloring agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and sweeteners. These additives are regulated by food safety authorities in many countries to ensure their safety for human consumption and to set maximum allowable levels for their use in food products.
Examples of food additives include sodium benzoate, which is commonly used as a preservative in soft drinks and processed foods; monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer often used in savory foods; and titanium dioxide, a coloring agent used in many food products including candies and baked goods.
While food additives are generally considered safe for consumption, some individuals may be sensitive or intolerant to certain additives and may experience adverse reactions. It's important to read food labels carefully and be aware of any food additives that may trigger adverse reactions, and consult with a healthcare professional if needed.