what are some important food additives we need?
Milk Pulses Cereals Fresh vegetables Fresh fruits If you wish meat, fish, egg
In bacon, ham, corned beef and other 'cured' meats, nitrite and nitrate (E249 to E252) are vital to prevent the growth of bacteria. In dried fruit, sulphur dioxide (E220) also protects against bacteria. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C (E300) is sometimes added to food. E300 prevents scurvy
Let's see.the only one coming to mind this early in the morning would be something like iodine. This additive is used in commercial salt. It was added to salt in an attempt to prevent a condition known as goiter. Goiter is a condition in which your thryoid is affected and begins to enlarge. The presence of iodine was/is used in treating this mallady. I am uncertain how prevalent this disease still is around the world. If you take a peek at ipedia's write up, you'll see a photo of a patient with goiter. Not a pretty sight. Another important additive within products or just from the standpoint of increased consumption would be something like Vitamin C. Back in the day, sailors and other seafaring people who had little or no access to fresh citrus fruits would develop a disease known as scurvy. Their gums would start to bleed excessively.gross huh? That's where the term/slang scurvy dog came from. So, once the link between lack of Vitamin C and this disease became known, then lots of limes were then brought with them on their long sea voyages. That's also where the term/slang 'limeys came from.