Homework Question on Food Additives
Please answer all of the following questions:
- What is the name of yourfood additive? (1 pt)
- What is the source of this food additive or how is it made?(1 pt)
- Whatis the purpose or function of this additive in foods? (1 pt)
- What types of foods is this additive typically used in? (1 pt)
- What are the potential health risks, if any, of this particular food additive?(2 pts)
Review the process of how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines the safety of food additives here: HYPERLINK “https://www.cspinet.org/foodsafety/gras.html” https://www.cspinet.org/foodsafety/gras.html. Most companies go through the Option 2 pathway to determine the safety of a food additive.
- Do you think thisapproval process ensures the safety of food additives for consumers? Explain why or why not. (2 pts)
- Do you think the benefits of consuming this food additive outweigh the potential risks of consuming this food additive? Explain why or why not.(2 pts)
Homework Answer on Food Additives
Q1. What is the name of your food additive?
I am interested in evaluating Acesulfame Potassium, also called Acesulfame K
Q2. What is the source of this food additive or how is it made?
Acesulfame K is made from a mixture of acetoacetic acid and a natural mineral component, potassium. When acetoacetic acid is combined with potassium mineral, it transforms to crystalline constituent known as Acesulfame Potassium (Bayer, Brietzke, Groer, &Mollenkopf, 2015).
Q3. What is the purpose or function of this additive in foods?
Acesulfame K is added to various foods to give them the desired flavours. The additive is notably used to enhance the sweet taste in foods. It is used a sugar-substitute inlow-calorie foods as it is calorie-free. However, it often used alongside other food additives such as aspartame, so as to achieve the desired sweet flavour.
Q4. What types of foods is this additive typically used in?
Acesulfame K is relatively stable and is therefore used in variety types of foods. According to Kroger, Meister, and Kava (2006), acesulfame k is used in more than 4000 food products around the globe. These includebaked products, candies, desserts, syrups, table top and different types of beverages.