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Food additives are synthetic or natural substances added to food to improve the color, aroma, and taste of food, as well as for the needs of anti-corrosion and processing technology. Food additives have greatly promoted the development of the food industry and are known as the soul of the modern food industry.
The following are some knowledge about food additives and their functions.
1. Food additives are substances that are added to food and are generally not eaten as food alone.
2. Food additives include both synthetic substances and natural substances.
3. The purpose of adding food additives to food is to improve the quality and taste of the food. In addition, it also contributes to anti-corrosion, preservation, and processing technology.
1. Prevent food spoilage
Preservatives can prevent food spoilage caused by microorganisms, and antioxidants can prevent or delay food oxidative deterioration. For example, food additives used in meat products play a key role in production and preservation.
2. Improve the senses of food
Appropriate use of food additives such as coloring agents, color retention agents, bleaching agents, edible fragrances, dairy additives such as emulsifier in dairy milk, thickeners in food additives, etc. can significantly improve the sensory quality of food and meet people's different needs.
3. Maintain nutrition
Appropriate addition of certain shelf life extender that belong to the natural nutrition range during food processing can greatly improve the nutritional value of food. This is of great significance to prevent malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies, promote nutritional balance, and improve people's health.
4. Sufficient supply
There are more than 20,000 kinds of food on the market for consumers to choose from. In the production process, some products with good appearance and taste are mostly added with coloring, flavoring, flavoring, and other food additives to varying degrees. These natural vegetable fiber foods bring great convenience to people's life and work. And the food additives price is reasonable.
5. Contribute to food processing
The use of defoamers, filter aids, stabilizers, natural gelling agents and coagulants in food processing can be beneficial to food processing operations.