FOOD & NUTRITION ANTIOXIDANTS & PRESERVATIVES
Preservatives can be natural or synthetic and are used in almost all processed foods. Salt and sugar have been used as preservatives since ancient times. Preservatives can be grouped into two main categories:
- Antimicrobials - block the growth of bacteria, molds and/or yeasts
- Antioxidants - prevent or slow the oxidation of fats and lipids
Overall, preservatives and antioxidants are used to assure our foods are safe, appealing, and taste fresh while transported and stored throughout the country.
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|Antimicrobial Preservatives||Form||Natural Status|
|Sorbates||Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid||N|
|Benzoates||Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid||N|
|Parabens||Methyl and Propyl Parabens||N|
|Propionates||Propionic Acid, Sodium and Calcium Propionates||N|
|Nitrites||Sodium and Potassium Nitrite||N|
|Sulfites||Sulfur Dioxide (gas), Bisulfites and Metabisulfites||N|
|Other Acidulants||Acetic/Glacial, Malic, Citric, Fumaric, Phosphoric, Lactic, Succinic and Tartaric Acids, GDL||Some|
|Acetates||Sodium Acetate, Sodium Diacetate||N|
|Natural Preservatives||Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Chitosan, Raisin/Prune Juice Concentrates||Y|
|Sweeteners||Fructose, Sucrose, Dextrose, Invert Sugar, Honey||Y|
|Ascorbate||Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Ascorbate||N|
|Erythorbate||Erythorbic Acid, Sodium Erythorbate||Some|
|Tocopherols||Mixed Tocopherols, alpha-Tocopherol||Y|
|Rosemary Extract||Rosemary Extract 10%||Y|
|Propyl Gallate||Propyl Gallate||Some|
|EDTA||Calcium and DiSodium EDTA||N|
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