Food additives : the pros and cons .Index "E"

nutritional supplements with the index "E" we are so frightened that many at once put aside the suspicious product.Conflicting publications on this ill-fated index "E" is so confused all that to understand this is not easy, but necessary.

In fact, simple logic dictates that if the manufacturer honestly and fully listed on the label all the ingredients, including food additives, so he has nothing to hide - it offers a quality product.

If food additives in the list of ingredients is not mentioned, this does not mean that they are not there.Just did not want them to talk, but why did not want to - it is a question of a particular manufacturer.Especially because it is no secret that in the food industry there is not a single industry, where the additive is not used.

Index "E" to indicate the food additives was coined because many chemical names of additives is too cumbersome to them under international law, to bear the label.That there is only one hydroxypropyl methylcellulose!And if she is still in the

company of giptilovym ester of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, the label is hardly a place for the name of the product itself.

Everything else in different countries, many substances are called differently.This significantly complicates the examination of documentation and quality control of imported goods.Therefore, the European Council developed and approved in the EU single system of digital classification of food additives.

All studied and proven supplements on the classification received index E (from the word «Europe») and a three-digit numeric code.So the letter 'E' has become a guarantee of knowledge of food supplements.This does not mean that any material having "E" is the index is allowed to use, but at least it is analyzed and is known for its effect.

Do not worry if after the "E" and the three-digit number should be even and some lowercase letters, for example, or E450s E4201 - so refer to subclasses of certain substances that are relevant only for specialists, so their imposition on the consumer label necessarily.

The world confectionery products for exterior decoration is often used aluminum dye E173.We are not allowed to use it due to the fact that in our country many still cook food in aluminum pan and with an excess of this element is obtained from their pots and pans.

According to the International Classification of all food additives are divided into functional groups.For substances of each group reserved their rooms.For example, additives with numbers:

- from E100 to E199 - it dyes,

- from E200 to E299 - preservatives,

- from EZOO to E399 - antioxidants,

- from E400 to E499 - stabilizers,

-from E500 to E599 - emulsifiers,

- from E600 to E699 - flavor enhancers and flavorings.

- All substances that have an index above E900 - antiflamingi, ie additives to prevent foaming and caking of bulk products...

Currently the world is allowed to use more than 500 different food additives.

of them in accordance with the "Sanitary Rules on the use of food additives", approved even by the Ministry of Health of the USSR in 1978, and subsequent amendments thereto, now in Russia can be used in the production of food or allowed to import products only 250additives.

rest used in the world, is not prohibited in our country, but also are not permitted.This means that for our Gosepidnadzora these substances have not seemed sufficiently studied, and in the products that are sold in Russia, these supplements can not yet present.Perhaps, over time, after further research, and their resolve.

prohibition in our country are only three additives permitted in Europe:

• E121 - citrus red dye

• E123 - coloring agent amaranth

• E240 - preservative formaldehyde.

These substances are considered toxic and our experts are allowed will never be.