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food additive

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Any of a number of chemicals and other products incorporated into processed foods, including flavourings (e.g., monosodium glutamate), preservatives (e.g., BHA and BHT) and dyes (e.g., nitrates and FD&C Yellow No. 5, or tartrazine). Food additives may cause allergic reactions and are believed by some to have a role in causing attention deficit disorder, cancer, migraines and sinusitis.

food additive

A substance added to food to maintain or impart a certain consistency, to improve or maintain nutritive value, to enhance palatability or flavor, to produce a light texture, or to control pH. Food additives are used to help bread rise during baking, to keep bread mold-free, to color margarine, to prevent discoloration of some fruits, and to prevent fats and oils from becoming rancid. The FDA regulates their use.
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(5) In a subset of women with recurrent incontinence, repeat operative procedures are not feasible, and therefore urethral bulking agents are an attractive option.
Paleti, "Endoscopic and imaging appearance after injection of an ano-rectal bulking agent," World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol.
Bulking agents were initially prescribed for the treatment of urinary incontinence; the first report of the use of such agents for FI was in 1993 using a PTFE paste.
Two-thirds had undergone previous anti-incontinence surgery, and 15% had previously received a different bulking agent.
Scientists at Washington State University assessed the quality and determined the consumer acceptability of nonfat ice creams containing whey protein concentrate (WPC), a bulking agent and carbohydrate-based fat replacers.
With a slightly plastic taste, and loaded with stabiliser, flour treatment and bulking agent, this is nonetheless low in salt and fat and very good value for money.
There is a misconception that sugar replacement is a straightforward affair involving the simple substitution of glycemic sugar with a mixture of a high intensity, sweetener and a bulking agent. In reality, a number of diverse challenges are encountered during sugar substitution including the proper development of texture and stabilization.
An enzyme-based process for making alternan--a promising potential bulking agent for low-calorie, high-fiber foods--has also yielded oligosaccharides that stimulate growth of Bifidobacterium.
An example of an entry is 'Maltitol (maltitol syrup): a compound used as a humectant, stabiliser or bulking agent in foods.
Tests have shown that the silt contains no contaminants, allowing it to be used as cover material for household waste at the landfill site or incorporated into green waste to act as a bulking agent and re-used for composting purposes.
And since it mimics the texture of fat, Oliggo-Fiber provides "an added richness to food products, especially low-fat foods, while offering fewer calories than traditional fat- and carbo hydrate-based ingredients." Cargill also notes that, with its mildly sweet taste, Oliggo-Fiber can be used as a bulking agent in low calorie, sugar reduced or diabetic-suitable foods in combination with intensive sweeteners and/or polyols.