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Printable list of food additives, codes and names.

Because my health and health of my family matters, throughout years I’ve looked into several publications and research that have been done regarding food additives, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colors, and put together table that can be a simple guide to those who prefer to be cautious and who like to have a choice, to decide what to consume. Some of use might be more sensitive to chemicals then others.

Here is a new printable list with identifying code numbers of the nasty food additives that we should avoid eating. Artificial food preservatives, food colors and flavour enhancers, many of these can be dangerous chemicals added to our food and are known to be linked to Hyperactivity, Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), Asthma, Cancer and other medical conditions.

Where to look for food additives on a product label?

When buying groceries, these additives are listed (if it’s given by the law) on the food product’s packaging under “INGREDIENTS:” or “CONTAINS:” section, usually next to “Nutrition Information” but the code numbers or names of these additives can be printed on in a small font.
In my opinion placement of the text can be somewhat hidden or even misleading. Any dangerous additives added in the food, if the product contains any, really should be listed visibly and labeled on the pack for instance as “Nasty Additives“.

330 and E330 Citric Acid

How about the Citric Acid E330 or 330? No problem with naturally occurring citric acid. Artificially produced E330 or 330 additive, depending on where or how it is produced with using sulfuric acid, many believe the product might still contain mold and sulfur/sulfites not filtered out completely during the production (Sulfur dioxide and other sulfites (also referred to as sulphites) are among food additives in the list below, under H – A, causing asthmatic and allergic reactions.) For most people sulfites are safe, but for example sensitive aspirin allergies or asthma sufferers can react very severely to sulfites.
In the year 1953 Sir Hans Krebs received Nobel Prize for physiology medicine for discovering that theCitric acid in metabolic reactions acts as part in series of compounds occurring within physiological oxidation of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and turning them into water and Carbon dioxide. Called Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle or known as the Krebs Cycle which is involved in most metabolic reactions, where the Citric acid plays a major role.
* The world “krebs” translates to English word “cancer” … and that’s what created the misunderstanding that citric acid 330 – e330 causes cancer. But in fact it does not. However, it could melt your teeth if you kept it in your mouth for long or if you consumed soft drinks a lot. It is organic acid used as additive in foods, in soft drinks, in beer, wine or cheese production, citric acid prevents bacteria growth, it gives the citric/sour flavour, bakers use it, citric acid E330 or 330 is often added to cakes, biscuits, soups, all sorts of sauces, frozen packed and canned food products, sweets, marmalade’s, ice creams … you can find it mentioned on the packaging.

Codes and names of dangerous food additives

Printable list of food additives, codes and names.

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Dangerous Food Additives table
Additive Number Name of Food Additive Hyper-
Asthma Cancer
102 & E102 Tartrazine (food color) H A C
104 & E104 Quinoline Yellow (food color) H A C
107 & E107 Yellow 2G (food color) H A C
110 & E110 Sunset Yellow (Yellow food color #6) H A C
120 & E120 Carmines, Cochineal (food color) H A
122 & E122 Azorubine, Carmoisine (food color) H A C
123 & E123 Amaranth (Red food color #2) H A C
124 & E124 Ponceau, Brilliant Scarlet (food color) H A C
127 & E127 Erythrosine (Red food color #2) H A C
E128 Red 2G (Red food color) H A C
129 & E129 Allura Red AC (food color) H A C
E131 Patent Blue (food color) H A C
132 & E132 Indigotine, Indigo Carmine (food color) H A C
133 & E133 Brilliant Blue (food color) H A C
142 & E142 Acid Brilliant Green, Green S, Food Green (food color) H A
143 Fast Green (food color) A
150 & E150 Caramel (food color) H
151 & E151 Activated Vegetable Carbons, Brilliant Black (food color) H A C
154 Food Brown, Kipper Brown, Brown FK (food color) H A C
155 & E155 Chocolate Brown HT, Brown HT (food color) H A C
160b & E160b Bixin, Norbixin, Annatto Extracts (yellow, red to brown natural colors) H A
E171 Titanium Dioxide, TiO2 (to give foods an opaque color)
more on Titanium Dioxide in comments below ↴
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E173 Aluminium (preservatives) C
E180 Latol Rubine, Pigment Rubine (preservatives) H A C
200 &
Potassium & Calcium Sorbates ,Sorbic Acid (preservatives) H A
210 & E210 Benzoic Acid (preservatives) H A
211 & E211 Sodium Benzoate (preservatives) H A C
212 & E212 Potassium Benzoate (preservatives) A
213 & E213 Calcium Benzoate (preservatives) A
E214 Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives) A
E215 Sodium Ethyl Para Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives) A
216 & E216 Propyl P Hydroxybenzonate, Propylparaben (preservatives) A
E217 Sodium Propyl P Hydroxybenzonate (preservatives) A
220 & E220 Sulphur Dioxide also Sulfur dioxide (preservatives) H A
221 & E221 Sodium Sulfite or Sodium Sulphite (preservatives) A
222 Sodium Bisulfite or Sodium Bisulphite (preservatives) A
223 & E223 Sodium Metabisulfite or Sodium Metabisulphite (preservatives) A
224 & E224 Potassium Metabisulphite or Potassium Metabisulfite (preservatives) A
225 & E225 Potassium Sulfite or Potassium Sulphite (preservatives) A
E226 Calcium Sulfite or Calcium Sulphite (preservatives) A
E227 Calcium Hydrogen Sulphite or Calcium Hydrogen Sulfite (preservatives) A
E228 Potassium Bisulfite, Potassium Hydrogen Sulfite or Potassium Bisulphite, Potassium Hydrogen Sulphite (preservatives) H A
E230 Diphenyl, Biphenyl (preservatives) C
E231 Orthophenyl Phenol (preservatives) C
E236 Formic Acid (preservative) C
E239 Hexamine, Hexamethylene Tetramine (preservatives) C
249 & E249 Potassium Nitrate (preservative) A C
250 & E250 Sodium Nitrite (preservative) H A C
251 & E251 Sodium Nitrate (preservative) H C
252 & E252 Potassium Nitrate (preservative) H C
260 & E260 Acetic Acid, Glacial (preservatives) A
280 to 283 Calcium or Potassium or Sodium Propionates, Propionic Acid (preservatives) H A
310 & E310 Propyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant) A C
311 & E311 Octyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant) A
312 & E312 Dodecyl Gallate (Synthetic Antioxidant) A
319 & E319 TBHQ, Tert Butylhydroquinone (Synthetic Antioxidants) H A
320 & E320 Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) (Synthetic Antioxidants) H A C
321 & E321 Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or Butylhydroxytoluene (Synthetic Antioxidants) H A C
330 & E330 Citric Acid (NOT DANGEROUS if naturally occurring e330 & 330 citric acid additive – but other can contain sulfites and mold, explained earlier in the article above this table and the printable version link.)
407 & E407 Carrageenan (Thickening & Stabilizing Agent) A C
413 & E413 Tragacanth (thickener & Emulsifier) A
414 & E414 Acacia Gum (Food Stabilizer) A
416 Karaya Gum (Laxative, Food Thickener & Emulsifier) A
421 & E421 Mannitol (Artificial Sweetener) H
430 Polyxyethylene Stearate (Emulsifier) C
431 Polyxyl Stearate (Emulsifier) C
E432 – E435 Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monostearate (Emulsifiers Gelling Stabilisers Thickeners Agents) C
433 – 436 Polysorbate (Emulsifiers) C
441 & E441 Gelatine (Food Gelling Agent) A
466 Sodium CarboxyMethyl Cellulose C
507 & E507 Hydrochloric Acid (Hydrolyzing Enhancer & Gelatin Production) C
518 & E518 Magnesium Sulphate (Tofu Coagulant) C
536 & E536 Potassium Ferrocyanide (Anti Caking Agent) A
553 & E553 & E553b Talc (Anti Caking, Filling, Softener, Agent) C
620 – 625 MSG Monosodium Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, all Glutamates (Flavour Enhancers) H A C
627 & E627 Disodium Guanylate (Flavour Enhancers) H A
631 & E631 Disodium Inosinate 5 (Flavour Enhancers) A
635 & E635 Disodium Ribonucleotides 5 (Flavour Enhancers) A
903 & E903 Camauba Wax (used in Chewing Gums, Coating and Glazing Agents) C
905 & 905 a,b,c Paraffin and Vaseline, White Mineral Oil (Solvents, Coating and Glazing, Anti Foaming Agents, Lubricant in Chewing Gums) C
924 & E924 Potassium Bromate (Agent used in Bleaching Flour) C
925 & E925 Chlorine (Agent used in Bleaching Flour, Bread Enhancer and Stabiliser) C
926 Chlorine Dioxide (Bleaching Flour and Preservative Agent) C
928 & E928 Benzoyl Peroxide (Bleaching Flour and Bread enhancer Agent) A
950 & E950 Potassium Acesulphame (Sweetener) C
951 Aspartame (Sweetener) H A
952 & E952 Cyclamate and Cyclamic Acid (Sweeteners) C
954 & E954 Saccharine (Sweetener) C
1202 & E1202 Insoluble Polyvinylpyrrolidone Insoluble (Stabiliser and Clarifying Agent added to Wine, Beer, Pharmaceuticals) C
1403 Bleached Starch (Thickener and Stabiliser) A
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Food additives to avoid …

… linked to hyperactivity, asthma, cancer – avoid these in your own will in your every day diet!
If allergic and other reactions to food additives can occur hours and even days later after they are consumed therefore it can be hard for many people to notice these connection links.

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