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No E-numbers does not mean no additives: What to look for in ingredients lists Video should look

Additives such as citric acid or Beta-carotene manufacturers like to write, because they sound so natural. But they also have an E-number, and a nutrition expert with the consumer are Central, not so critical, as is often assumed. Other E-numbers, however, are completely harmless.

If, on the ingredients list of a food product, no E-numbers, does not necessarily mean that no additives are included. "Because it is regulated by law so that I specify either as a manufacturer the E-number or the name written out habe", nutritionist Daniela Krehl of the consumer Bavaria declared.

If the additives are listening to, of course, as in the case of citric acid, or Beta-carotene, the manufacturers use the full name of the substances than the E-numbers. Not all E-numbers are in a list of ingredients is bad, yet all the ingredients with long names.

Beta-carotene or citric acid is about sound, of course, do not see according to Daniela Krehl, even if it’s not critical: "Citric acid acts very strongly to the tooth enamel." In the case of Beta-carotene was noticed in various studies that, in particular, smokers develop amplified in lung cancer, if you take too much Beta-carotene.

To, and should not be of great concern to consumers because of food additives in foods Krehl, but also. "Additives are controlled, most of them are quite ungefährlich", the nutrition expert explains. E 306, for example, is nothing other than Vitamin E – and the man needs daily.

To keep In the jumble of the different E-numbers in the Overview is not easy. Therefore, Krehl in doubt additives recommends .

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