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

Miscellaneous Food Additives

  • Yeast food to promote the growth of baker's yeast - Ammonium sulphate
  • Firming agents for fruits and vegetables - Calcium chloride
  • Anti-sticking agents - Hydrogenated sperm oil used as a lubricant in baking pans
  • Clarifying agents in wine -Bentonite
  • Meat curing agents -Sodium nitrate
  • Crystal inhibitors - Oxystearin used in vegetable oil
  • Growth stimulants in malting barley - Gibberellic acid

Sometimes a food additive may be familiar, but the name appears new. Like in the case of ascorbic acid, which is the other name for Vitamin C.


  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.


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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