Chemistry - Food additives
During the preparation of a food, chemicals may be added to improve its
appearance, flavour, texture, handling, storage life and even its
nutritional value by replacing vitamins and minerals lost during the food
preparation. Strictly speaking, a food additive is a component of the food
that would not normally be eaten as a food by itself.
The use of food additives in Australia is tightly controlled. Government
regulations list the approved additives, the maximum quantities that can be
used, and the type of food each additive can be used for.
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