Is the condiment a food additive?

- Feb 22, 2019-

Is the condiment a food additive?


 Condiment refers to an auxiliary food that can increase the color, aroma, taste of food dishes, promote appetite, and benefit human health. Its main function is to improve the quality of the dishes and meet the sensory needs of consumers, thereby stimulating appetite and improving human health. In a broad sense, condiments include blended foods, salty, sour, sweet, umami, spicy, bitter, aroma, and other ingredients such as salt and consistency, such as salt and soy sauce. Vinegar, monosodium glutamate, sugar, star anise, fennel, pepper, mustard, etc. are all such. In essence, the condiment itself is also a kind of food. In addition to regulating the taste, some also have very important nutritional value. For example, salt and sugar are essential nutrients for the human body.


 Food additives are chemically synthesized or natural substances added to foods to improve the quality and color, aroma, taste, and the need for preservation and processing. Food additives generally may not be foods, nor may they have nutritional value, but they must conform to the concept defined above, that is, they do not affect the nutritional value of foods, and have the effect of preventing food spoilage, enhancing food sensory traits or improving food quality.

Therefore, by definition, in principle the condiments are not food additives. But some condiments such as MSG (sodium glutamate) are a flavor enhancer and are what we usually think of as seasonings. In addition, some vanilla or spice, sold in the farmer's market, is a primary agricultural product; dried, packaged, is food, is a natural spice in the seasoning; if it is powdered, it is a solid seasoning; if it is deep processing, It may be a food additive, such as chili red is a pigment, chili essence, ginger oil is a flavor.

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