Food Additives and Human Health

Food Additives and Human Health

INTRODUCTION This reference is a detailed guide to the world of food additives commonly used in the food processing and manufacturing industry. Edited by experts in the field, invited scholars ...
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Human Health Implications of Specific Group of Food Additives

Pp. 18-36 (19)

Maria Concetta Tenuta and Mariarosaria Leporini

Abstract

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.

Affiliation:

Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Edificio Polifunzionale, Arcavacata di Rende (CS) 87036, Italy.