Food additives

Additives in food; Artificial flavors and color

Food additives are substances that become part of a food product when they are added during the processing or making of that food.

"Direct" food additives are often added during processing to:

  • Add nutrients
  • Help process or prepare the food
  • Keep the product fresh
  • Make the food more appealing

Direct food additives may be man-made or natural.

Natural food additives include:

  • Herbs or spices to add flavor to foods
  • Vinegar for pickling foods
  • Salt, to preserve meats

"Indirect" food additives are substances that may be found in food during or after it is processed. They were not used or placed in the food on purpose. These additives are present in small amounts in the final product.


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