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What They Do: Used to alter or control the acidity or alkalinity of a food, or to prevent a food from drying out, and to prevent spoilage.

Most of these ingredients have the sole purpose of extending shelf life unnaturally, or for short cutting more time consuming preparation processes. These are all made in a lab environment.

These ingredients have no place in the home kitchen. Food should be made and eaten. For the rare occasion that a storable food is to be made, many home preparation processes can be employed that do not require these unnatural ingredients.

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 the desired acidity:

  • Baking powder
  • Beverages
  • Chocolate
  • Frozen desserts
  • Low acid canned foods

How it may be described on a label:

  • Acid
  • Acidifier
  • Acidity regulator
  • Alkali
  • Base
  • Buffer
  • Buffering agent
  • pH adjusting agent

Examples of pH control agents, etc., added to foods:

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