Yesterday we asked you if vitamines can be an E-number. Most of you were right! 🎉👍Vitamines, such as ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and tocopherol (Vitamin E), are actually E-numbers.
Why? These two vitamins can be added to food to serve a technological function, which makes it a food additive (E-number). Food additives can have different functions, such as: flavouring🍌, colouring 🍅, preserving 👨🔬, stabilizing the food etc. An additive can be of natural origin, derive from a chemical process, or be produced by microorganisms. Therefore, the origin of the substance doesn’t really matter, because every food additive needs to be assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) 🇪🇺 for safety before they can be used by manufacturers. So, that means every E-number is thoroughly tested and absolutely safe for use 📖😀. Often, E-numbers are used to increase the quality of a food product!
So what do you see on a product label?🥫The presence of an E-number on the label shows transparency of the food product. Manufacturers can either put the E-number on the label or the full name of the substance (for example: ascorbic acid). But, they always need to state the function of the additive. So our message to you: be critical about the information that you find on the internet about E-numbers, only trust official sources based scientific evidence 🤓.