Food Additives and Human Health

Human Health Implications of Specific Group of Food Additives

Author(s): Maria Concetta Tenuta and Mariarosaria Leporini

Pp: 18-36 (19)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811446139120010005

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Additives are added to food in order to stabilize or increase the nutritional quality and quality and/or safety of the food matrix. Moreover, additives have a technological function and could improve the sensory properties of food.

For a long time, synthetic food additives are largely applied in food industries. Since the last year, there has been a decrease in chemical additives which are less welcome by consumers who prefer the use of additives from a natural source. In this chapter, several groups of additives are described such as antimicrobials, antioxidants and antibrowning agents, with colouring and flavouring agents.

Keywords: Additives, Colorants, Flavouring, Health, Nutrition, Preservatives.

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