Learn about additives and preservatives

Artificial flavors

Artificial flavors are specific and often complex mixtures of flavor compounds combined together to … [Read more...]

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP, is produced by boiling vegetables, such as soy, corn, or … [Read more...]

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)

BHA acts as a preservative and an antioxidant to prevent the rancidity of fats and fat-containing … [Read more...]

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

BHT is an antioxidant preservative. Common foods that contain BHT include enriched rice, … [Read more...]

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG (Monosodium glutamate) is a flavor enhancer. It comes from a common amino acid, glutamic acid, … [Read more...]

Nitrites

Nitrites-often listed as "sodium nitrite" on package labels - are preservatives primarily used to … [Read more...]

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium benzoate is a preservative.  It is used most prevalently in acidic foods such as salad … [Read more...]

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is any of a group of corn syrups which have undergone enzymatic … [Read more...]

GRAS

Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) is a United States of America Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … [Read more...]

GMP (disodium guanylate)

Disodium guanylate is the disodium salt of the flavor enhancer guanosine monophosphate (GMP). … [Read more...]

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