Food additives are some artificial substances added to food to enhance its flavor or color or to preserve it. For example, white crystalline compound and nitrite are used as food additives to enhance flavor, salt is both a preservative as well as a flavor.

Food additives can be examined under several groups such as acidity regulators, antioxidants, food coloring, fortifying agents, flavors, preservatives, and etc.

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