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Ingredients guide : What is in our food ?

Welcome to the ingredient guide and food glossary of With this guide we would like to list all ingredients used in foods, to state their use and/or origin as well as the suitability for certain allergies, intolerances or religious groups. Whenever there is additional information available of Food-Info the appropriate link will be provided.

Not only ingredients will be listed on this list, but also other components that may be naturally present in foods, as well as general words that can be found on a food product label.

This list was started on February 28, 2008 and will be continuously updated. If you miss an ingredient or component in this list, please let us know and we will add the list.

For the E-numbers (additives) see the E-number section of the site (see menu above). All the E-numbers are listed in the tables below with their chemical/common name, but not listed under their E-number.

Whenever known we will add suitability of the ingredient for the most common allergies, intolerances or similar (nutritional) disorders. These data are an indication of use only, it is always possible that individual people react differently !
Whenever in doubt, always consult your doctor or a skilled dietician !

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Ingredient/Component Description Suitability (indication)
Edible bone phosphate See the E-number list: 542  
EDTA: Disodium ethylenediamine tetra-acetate See the E-number list: 386  

Am emulsifier is a compound that makes it possible to mix watery and oily fluids. See also here. As it is a class of additives, the individual products should be labelled by name and/or E-number.

Many emulsifiers consist of fatty acids and may not be suitable for all religions, see here.
Erythorbic acid See the E-number list: E315  
Erythrosine See the E-number list: E127  
Esterified soy oil See the E-number list: E479  
Esters of Colophane See the E-number list: 915  
Esters of mono- and diglycerides See the E-number list: E472  
Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate See the E-number list: E214  
Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate sodium salt See the E-number list: E215  
Ethyl acetate See the E-number list: 1504  
Ethyl cellulose See the E-number list: 462  
Ethyl ester of beta-apo-8'-carotenic acid See the E-number list: E160f  
Ethylmaltol See the E-number list: 637  
Extracts of tocopherols See the E-number list: E306 is an initiative of Stichting Food-Info, The Netherlands

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