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What's in your food?

Many packaged foods contain unusual ingredients. Here is a list of the more unusual additives and why they are in your food: Carnauba wax: gives sweets an attractive shine.

Corn starch: makes marshmallows firm.

Corn syrup: high fructose corn syrup adds sweetness and flavour to ketchup.

Gelatin: makes some foods fluffy.

Glycerine: helps retain moisture and keep food soft.

Gum base: this is the main ingredient of chewing gum. It may include pine-tree rosin and wax.

Lecithin: made from soya beans. It helps stabilise a food mixture.

Liquid invert sugar: keeps food sweet and moist.

Modified starch: a "binder" that helps hold jelly babies together.

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