Written by Bina Naik | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu / dr. sunil shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on May 16, 2019

Conclusion of Food Additives

Although food additives have been in use since the Neanderthal era, they have gained huge popularity and utility in the modern times. The scientific use of readymade mixes, flavoring and coloring agents and essences have helped working women in particular, to keep up with the demands on their time. Additives also help in the manufacture of convenience foods that can be rapidly and easily prepared.

‘We are what we eat’ the saying goes. The wide array of delectable delicacies that have been made possible due to food additives, have been widely misused by the modern world leading to an increase in ‘food junkies’ and added to the burden of lifestyle diseases. Hence, moderation must be the key word and these foods, which have been developed for ‘convenience’, must be wisely and justly used.

References:

  1. Food Science: Third Addition - By Norman Potter
  2. Anticaking Agents - (http://www.foodadditivesworld.com/anticaking-agents.html)
  3. Hydrogenated Sperm Oil: Sec 173.275, of Ch 1 "Food and Drug Administration, Dept of Health and Human Services", Code of Federal Regulations.

Comments

belmarra Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thanks for such good post. Food additives is used in to food to preserve flavor or enhance its taste and appearance.Food additives is to be divided into several groups all are acidic in nature .artificial food additives have been linked with cancer, digestive problems, neurological conditions.

srmcurology Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Centre for Science for the public Interest in the USA reports that - Hazards in food cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year, most of which are never reported to public health officials. These illnesses cost American taxpayers approximately $6.9 billion annually in medical costs, hospitalizations, and lost work time according to the Economic Research Service (USDA).

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