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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)
Neohesperidin E959  
See Vitamin B3  
Nicotinic acid See the E-number list: 375  
Nisin See the E-number list: E234  
Nitrogen See the E-number list: E941  
Nitrous oxides See the E-number list: E942  
Nutmeg is a spice, botanically the seeds (nuts) of the nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrans), which is also the source of mace. Used in many dishes. The nuts are generally ground into powder. Contains the hallucinating compound myristicin. Suitable for all religions, vegetarians and vegans. May be allergenic, as all plants may cause allergic reactions. is an initiative of Stichting Food-Info, The Netherlands

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