Why Food Additive Is Important?

Oct. 13, 2021

Substances added to food to maintain or improve the safety, freshness, flavor, texture, or appearance of food are called food additives. For centuries, some food additives have been used for preservation - for example, salt (in meats such as bacon or dried fish), sugar (in jams), or sulfur dioxide (in wine).

2-Acetylpyridine CAS 1122-62-9 is used as a food additive, essence, spice, condiment, and flavor. 2-Acetylpyridine is an organic compound. It is a viscous colorless liquid that is widely used as a flavoring substance. It is found in malt and produced by the Maillard reaction and by nixtamalization. It contributes to the flavor of corn tortillas, popcorn, and beer. The compound is prepared by acylation of 2-bromopyridine via the Grignard reagent.

2-Acetylpyridine

 2-Acetylpyridine

Over time, many different food additives have been developed to meet the needs of food production, as preparing food on a large scale is very different from preparing it on a small scale at home. Additives are needed to ensure that processed foods remain safe and in good condition throughout their journey from the factory or industrial kitchens, through transport to warehouses and shops, and finally to the consumer.

Food additives can be derived from plant, animal, or mineral sources and can also be synthetic. They are intentionally added to food to carry out certain technical purposes that consumers usually take for granted. Thousands of food additives are used, all of which are intended to make food safer or more appealing. WHO, together with FAO, has classified food additives into three main categories according to their function

 

Food additive advantages

Some additives can enhance or maintain the nutritional value of food. Vitamins A, C, d, E, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folic acid, calcium carbonates, zinc oxide, and iron are commonly added to foods such as flour, bread, biscuits, breakfast cereals, pasta, margarine, milk, iodized salt and gelatine desserts. You may see ascorbic acid listed instead of vitamin C. Alpha-tocopherol is an alias for vitamin e and beta-carotene is a source of vitamin a. As well as providing nutrition, food additives help to reduce spoilage, improve the appearance of food and increase the availability of a wide range of foods throughout the year.

2-Acetylpyridine CAS 1122-62-9

 2-Acetylpyridine CAS 1122-62-9

What are the four main functions of food additives?

The four main functions of food additives are to preserve food, enhance color/flavor/texture, maintain or improve nutritional quality, and aid processing.

 

What are the important principles that food additives must meet?

Improve safety and quality by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms.

Extending shelf life by preventing any oxidative spoilage.

Enhancing flavor and odor.

Stabilize or retain color; and.

Improving the texture and consistency of food, etc.

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