Interesting Food - E Numbers

All approved food additives in the UK are given an E number. The "E" stands for "Europe" although some people say it stands for edible.

(Each E number has a specific name and number and their use is limited to particular foods.

E1... are colourings e.g E150-caramel colour
E2... are preservatives e.g E211 sodium benzoate
E3... are antioxidants e.g E300 vitamin C
E4... are emulsifiers, stabilizers and thickeners e.g Pectin
E5... are acidity regulators e.g Potassium carbonate
E6... are flavourings e.g monosodium glutamate

You can read more about them here:, good luck making any sense out of it all.)

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