Food Additives - Frequently Asked Questions

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

1. Is it safe to use the commercially available soup packets for all individuals?

The commercial available soup packets have mono sodium glutamate or ajinomoto in it and are not safe for consumption. The packet has an instruction not to use it for babies below the age of 12 months. Pregnant women should avoid it if possible.

2. What is preferred - buying a ready-made mix or making a fresh product at home?

It depends on the availability of the time. Any product made fresh will taste better but will need some time to prepare. One can control the addition of ghee/oil or sweetness or salt in a product made at home.

3. Sometimes the exact name of the additive is not mentioned. How can we be assured that the additive added is absolutely safe for consumption?

All products undergo rigorous evaluation by various agencies and the products have to satisfy the set criteria before being available in the market.

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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.

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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