Cooking food and additives
Everything in food is made from chemicals. Some of these are natural, and some are artificial. Processed foods, including vegetable oils, may have chemicals added to them. These additives have different roles, including extending a product’s shelf-life and improving its taste and appearance.
The table below describes some of the main types of food additives.
|type of additive||reason for adding it|
|antioxidants||stop food from reacting with oxygen|
|colourings||improve the colour of food|
|flavour enhancers||improve the flavour of food|
|emulsifiers||help oil and water mix, and not separate out|
Additives with an E number have been licensed by the European Union. Some are natural, some artificial, but they have all been safety tested and passed for use.
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