imitation ingredient

imitation ingredient

Food industry
Any substance (e.g., flavour, colour, filler) that is added to a food product, which replaces the natural ones, as means of reducing the calories, cholesterol or cost, altering texture or “enhancing” the final product in some way.
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An upset customer is suing the doughnut chain over filling the treats with imitation ingredients, (http://www.