Acidifying additives

The truth is that just take a look at the labels of food to realize the amount of food additives that we can find in food, and food products and beverages, which we consume with some regularity.

As its name suggests, the Food Additives they are substances or compounds that are added to foods and beverages, with the aim of improving the flavor and aroma of them, or to extend their expiration period.

As we have mentioned on several occasions, there are different types of food additives that differ depending on their qualities or purposes: dyes, preservatives, emulsifiers, antioxidants and stabilizers.

However, it is true that if we talk about the acidulant additives, and particularly those pH regulators of food it is more than likely that they do not sound as much as the previous ones.

What are acidulant additives?

As its name suggests, they are substances that are added to certain foods with the aim of modifying their acidity. They are also used to modify or reinforce their flavor.

In the case of beverages, for example, the most common is to add additives acidulantes with the aim of modifying the feeling of excessive sweetness that produces sugar (more common in sugary drinks, such as packaged juices and soft drinks).

What are the effects of acidulant additives?

Acidizing additives can have a laxative effect if taken at high doses. Therefore, it is recommended not to abuse or eat excessively those foods and beverages that contain acidifying additives in their labeling.

The most common acidifying additives

Here we indicate which are the most common or habitual acidulant additives:

  • E 514 Sodium sulphate.
  • E515 I Potassium sulfate.
  • E 515 II Potassium acid sulfate
  • E 516 Calcium sulphate
  • E 517 Ammonium sulphate

In what foods can we find acidulant additives?

  • Refreshing sugary drinks
  • Packaged juices
  • Canned vegetables.
  • Bread.
  • Beer.
  • Cheeses

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