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While eating a snack, you think you know what you are eating. Out of curiosity, take a look at the ingredients and find flour, eggs ... nothing unusual until you come across them additives. How many food additives are there in the snack you are consuming? To answer this question, you think it would be enough for you to continue reading the label but ... here's what you find: E451, E102 ... what do these acronyms mean? To reveal the mystery is an application for smartphones, it is called "FoodAdditives" or "Food Additives"And to clear up any misunderstandings, we emphasize that it is a 'application entirely in Italian.
“Food Additives"Is a completely free app, as you can guess, it contains a list of all food additives that can be found in commonly marketed products that end up in our belly. The application allows you to search for additives by name, for example glutamate, polyphosphates, aspartame… or by code!
Every food additive has its information sheet and presents notes, the indication "possible animal origin " it is useful for those who want to follow a vegan diet while the words "possible GMO " it is essential for all those who want to stay away from cancer, as some studies have shown that genetically modified organisms can lead to the emergence of cancerous tissues. Other notes concern intolerances or allergies in predisposed subjects and for many additives there are hints about the studies that link that chemical agent to the onset of diseases.
The food additives are classified into categories and sub-categories, the main categories being that of dyes, sweeteners, preservatives, emulsifiers, antioxidants, thickeners, stabilizers, acidity regulators, anti-caking agents and so on…
The application comes with a user-friendly interface, so much so that at first glance it is possible to understand if a food additive is considered harmful, harmless or simply not recommended, this is made possible by a further classification by colors (harmless-green, harmful-red, not recommended-orange).
It is disconcerting to see that most of food additives It may cause hyperactivity in children and despite this "side effect" there is widespread use in products intended for feeding children. The app does not require an internet connection, so it can be conveniently used while shopping at the supermarket!