Food Additive

  1. Food additives are substances added to food to preserve it or improve its flavour and appearance.
  2. Some of the commonly used food additives include preservative, colourants, stabilizers and flavouring.
  3. The chart below summarise the 4 groups of food additive

Effects of Food Addictive on Health

Food additive have the following effect on health.
  1. Allergy
    – MSG causes chinese restaurant syndrome
    – Sodium nitrate/ sodium nitrite causes blue baby syndrome
  2. Cancer
  3. Brain Damage
    Food additive can disrupt the supply of oxygen to brain and hence cause damage to the brain.
  4. Hyperactivity
    colouant such as tartazine can cause hyperactivity