Healthy Food Additives

You are to become an expert on one of the food additives listed below. You will prepare a summary of your findings about the food additive. The goal is to completely understand the functionality of your food additive and learn about it’s potential nutritive, chemical, physical, or environment concerns.


Written Summary

You will submit a 1-2-page written summary of your research.

1. Detailed Additive Analysis
a. How and when it was discovered? When was it approved for use in the US?
b. What is the primary function of this additive in food?
c. What foods contain this additive?
d. Culinary characteristics (how heat, pH, fats, moisture, etc. impact it’s use).
e. Processing information (how is it isolated, extracted, developed to be food safe and accessible)
f. How does the FDA regulate this additive? Is it Generally Recognized as Safe?
g. Controversies, if any (nutritive, chemical, physical, environmental, etc).

2. Current Scientific Research
a. Use peer-reviewed scientific research papers (within the past 10 years) supporting claims or fueling controversies
b. Describe one or more studies discussing your additive
i. How was the study conducted and what were the outcomes?

3. Conclusion
a. Would you recommend steering clear of the ingredient (Hmm) or do you consider it safe to consume (Healthy). Why? Give support based on all of the research you have done and it’s regulatory status in the US.

• 300-500 words
• Times New Roman or Arial, Size 12 font, 1 inch Margins
• APA formatted with in-text citations
• MS Word Document


Academic Sources
You are required to use a minimum of 3 academic sources for this assignment. This can include peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and published reports. At least 2 of your academic sources need to come from peer reviewed Food Science publications. You are encouraged to use other credible sources such as news articles and government publications (FDA, USDA) as additional research resources.


Grading Breakdown Requirements

Detailed Additive Analysis
(4) • Culinary characteristics
• How is this additive produced? Explain
• How is this additive used in the food industry? When is it added to foods? Use a variety of food examples and brands that include this additive in their product.
• How does it react with heat, light, acid, etc? Discuss any relevant culinary characteristics as it pertains to your additive
• What are the most important processing features of this additive? Give a high-level overview of how the additive is manufactured
• How is this additive regulated? Is it GRAS? Explain any relevant compliance details
• What are the controversies, if any? Thoroughly researched public perception of the additive.
Current Scientific Research
(3) • Utilizes research studies that are relevant and timely
• Explains the research thoroughly – How was the study conducted and what were the outcomes?
• Give personal perspective on the research study
Written Summary
(2) • Includes all relevant content from your research in a concise manner
• Follows Style Requirements
• Submitted on time
(1) • At least 3 academic sources
o At least 2 of these sources from Food Science Journals

TOTAL _____/10




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