What is behind the letter “ E “ on labels of products?
Are very frequent, considering labels on products, we cautiously treat on what the index E flaunts. And among them there are many substances, it is good to us familiar, such as salt, soda, pepper, vinegar etc. of
In our country by the sanitary legislation food additives are called all “ the natural or artificially synthesized substances which are purposely entered into food for improvement of the production technology, improvement of tastes, extension of periods of storage “ (A. Druzhinina, “ How not to become puzzled in " shop;) . Food additives in itself have no nutritional value, in pure form do not use them. By hygienic rules application of additives is allowed only when they even at long use do not threaten health of the person.
The European codes
Having seen the full list of ingredients on a label, many buyers often are horrified, and put aside a suspicious product. Though the assumption arises: if the producer did not specify the complete list of additives on a label, it does not mean at all that they are not there. As the researcher A. Druzhinina, " writes; Å - the index was thought up at all not in order that behind the code to hide something terrible from consumers. Just chemical names of additives too bulky that all available to take out on a label “. Besides, in different corners of the world many substances are called in own way. Therefore the Council of Europe approved uniform system of digital classification of food additives which received the " index in the European Union countries; E “ (from the word “ Europe “) and also three-digit code. Meanwhile, these arguments do not say that any substance which has this “ suspicious “ an index, it is allowed for use.
It is possible and informidably all food additives are divided by
According to the international classification into functional groups. For substances of each of them there are numbers:
Additives with numbers from E100 to E182 -
dyes E200 - E299 -
preservatives E300 - E399 -
antioxidants E400 - E499 -
stabilizers E500 - E599 -
emulsifiers E600 - E699 - amplifiers of taste and
fragrances Additives which have an index above E900 interfere with foaming of loose products, and also do not allow to slezhivatsya to flour, granulated sugar, salt, soda, a test baking powder.
Terribly it is also impossible!
Forbidden in our country are the following additives which are resolved in Europe: E121 - dye citrus red, E123 - dye an amaranth, E240 - preservative formaldehyde, E924 and E924a - improvers of flour and bread. Since 2005 E216 and E217 preservatives were added to them.
Probably to be sure absolutely that this or that product will not do harm to ours of health it is impossible. Especially it concerns baby food: here it is necessary to be extremely attentive and legible. It is better to feed the kid with the cream of wheat cooked by mother once again or it is more useful to allow to eat carrot, than to risk a mysterious entertainment in the form of some sweet toffee, chips etc. of
Despite everything, completely experts cannot exclude food additives. The modern consumer wants to buy everything boleevkusny products and, besides, such that several days were stored at least. So it is necessary to reconcile to existence of additives or to avoid those which do not inspire trust.
Be attentive, friends, during purchases! Shopping pleasant to you and, of course, health!