What They Do: Retain moisture, prevents food from drying out by counteracting the effect of a dry atmosphere.
Many of these products have the sole purpose of allowing food that really should only be made and sold immediately, to be able to be packaged and transported, and be held on store shelves and in the cupboard for a long time. These products make some things that could potentially be real food be fake foods.
The home cook can make fresh versions of some of these end products to be eaten right away. Some limited lasting ability can be done in the home kitchen using very specific ingredients, and proper cooking techniques. These extender humectants have no legitimate place in the home kitchen.
Click underlined ingredients to learn more, and find out more about what each item does in specific types of foods.
Found used in these foods to keep them moist:
- Shredded coconut
- Soft candies
Examples of humectants added to foods:
- Isolated soy protein
- Phosphoric acid
- Phosphoric acid potassium salt (1:3)
- Potassium phosphate
- Potassium orthophosphate
- Tribasic potassium phosphate
- Tripotassium monophosphate
- Tripotassium orthophosphate
- Tripotassium phosphate
- Tripotassium salt
How it may be described on a label:
- Moisture / water retention agent
- Wetting agent
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