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Types of Additives in Food Processing
When people look at food, they evaluate appearance first. So the smell and presentation of the food is of utmost importance to consumers at first glance. The organoleptic quality is what people use to determine whether they are drawn to the food in front of them, rather than the nutritional value. If someone likes the smell of food, it can stimulate digestive fluids and promote digestion.
When food is processed, it can lose its natural coloring. And if something doesn’t look incredibly natural or delicious, people won’t buy it. So, coloring properties may be added to the food, such as saffron, cochineal, annatto, paprika, sandalwood, turmeric, or caramel. Some of these coloring materials may also significantly change the flavor of the food item.
Here we have listed the different types of additives that may be used during food processing:
- Flavour Enhancers: substances that have very little to no flavor, but can bring out the natural flavor of the food item.
- Flavoring Agents: the biggest group of food additives, these were originally spices, dried herbs, powders, and essential oils, but have now taken the form of synthetic flavoring agents.
- Sweetening Agents: the main ingredient as a sweetening agent is sugar. However, sugar can contribute to dental problems, heart disease, and obesity. So, artificial sweeteners have been created, such as saccharin, sorbitol, cyclamates, along with molasses and honey.
- Anti-Caking Substances: these substances are used to absorb moisture and reduce humidity in the packaging.
- Emulsifying Agents/Stabilizers: these are added to foods that contain fat, to stabilize the emulsion and provide a more economic utilization of fat.
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