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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)
Fatty acid salts See the E-number list: E470  
Ferro carbonate See the E-number list: 505  
Ferro gluconate See the E-number list: E579  
Ferro lactate See the E-number list: E585  
Ferrohexacyanomanganate See the E-number list: 537  
Filling agent A filling agent is an additive without further purpose in a product as to increase its volume. An example is the use of maltodextrins in commercial powdered sweeteners. As it is a class of additives, the individual products should be labelled by name and/or E-number.  
Flavour enhancer

Flavour enhancers are compounds that enhance the flavour of other compounds, mainly savoury flavours. The most widely used flavour enhancer is salt, followed by glutamate and a few others. As it is a class of additives, the individual products should be labelled by name and/or E-number.

Flavoxanthin See the E-number list: E161a  
Formaldehyde See the E-number list: 240  
Formic acid See the E-number list: 236  
Fumaric acid See the E-number list: E297  
Furcelleran See the E-number list: 408 is an initiative of Stichting Food-Info, The Netherlands

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