Artiﬁcial agents and maturing agents are used to alter the composition of food and/or to help to preserve it. Some examples include anti-foaming agents, non-nutritive additives, artiﬁcial antioxidants, fat substitutes and mold inhibitors. Current research shows that these ingredients may be harmful and may cause headaches, skin issues, digestive problems or other health problems. We don’t really know yet all of the potential issues that these ingredients may cause. When in doubt, leave them out!
Where You Might Find Them
Dairy products, baked goods, jams, dried fruits, butter substitutes, chocolates and soft drinks are some of the places you might see artificial agents or maturing agents like the ones listed below.
Banned Artificial Agents & Maturing Agents
- Dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) / Polydimethylsiloxane – E900
- Methyl Silicone (Polysilicone)
- Sodium Aluminum Phosphate (SALP) – E541
- Potassium Bisulfate
- Caprocaprylobehenin (Caprenin)
- Sucrose Polyester (Olestra, Olean)
- Natamycin (Pimaricin)
- Potassium Hydroxide (Caustic Potash)
- Margarine (hydrogenated form)
- Propylene Oxide
- Stannous Chloride
- Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (DSS)