E900 – E1520

Number Name Comments
E900 Dimethyl
polysiloxane
silicone
based
E901# Beeswaxes
glazing
agent, used to wax fruit; see bee products; occasionally causes allergic
reactions
E903 Carnauba
wax
derived
from a South American palm; used in cosmetics and inks, and to wax fruit;
occasionally causes allergic reactions
E904# Shellac
derived
from insects; occasionally causes irritations of the skin
E905# Paraffins,
Microcrystalline wax
may
inhibit absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins, mild laxative, there may
be a link to
bowel cancer; used on sweets, in processing yeast, vitamin tablets, dried
fruit, confectionary, collagen
E907# Refined
microcrystalline wax
avoid
it, banned in some countries
E913# Lanolin
derived
from sheep wool
E920# L-Cystein
flour
treatment agent derived from animal hair and chicken feathers
E921# L-Cystin
see
E920
E924 Potassium
bromate
large
quantities can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, pain. Typical products are
flour products
E925 Chlorine
destroys
nutrients, carcinogen, in some areas tab water is contaminated with it, to
make it ‘safer’ to drink. Typical products are flour products
E926 Chlorine
dioxide
well…..basically
see 925
E927 Azodicarbonamide
avoid
it, banned in some countries
E928 Benzoyl
peroxide
approved
by FDA* for bleaching the
carotenoids in
refined flours; asthmatics and people with a history of allergies BEWARE, see
210
E931 Nitrogen
used in
freezing and vacuum packing; seems safe
E932 Nitrous
oxide
seems
quite safe in small quantities
E950 Acesulphane
potassium
?
E951# Aspartame
artificial
sweetener, too many adverse effects possible to list, some people are
allergic to aspartame, migraine headaches a common reaction in these people
E952 Cyclamic
acid
calcium
& sodium cyclamate, artificial sweetener; known to cause migraines and
other reactions, can be carcinogenic, caused damage ot rats testicles and
mouse embriyos in tests,
banned in the US and UK due
its links with
cancer
E954 Saccharines
calcium
& sodium saccharin; artificial sweetener derived from toluene (a known
carcinogen);
banned in 1977 in the US, but reinstated subject to
strict labelling starting: “Use of this product may be hazardous to your
health, this product contains saccharin which has been determined to cause
cancer in
laboratory animals”
E957 Thaumatin
artificial
sweetener, a protein derived from the tropical plant Thaumococcus danielli;
used to sweeten wines, bread and fruit
E9120 Maltitol,
Hydrogenated glucose syrup
humectant,
starch decomposed with digestive enzymes; used in confectionery, dried
fruits, low-joule foods; laxative in high concentrations
E967 Xylitol
humectant,
found in raspberries, plums, lettuce and endives, though produced for
commercial purposes from wood pulp; caused kidney stones and a diuretic
effect on test rats: a waste of time and the lives of the rats, for the JEFCA
in 1983 ruled the tests invalid in relation to humans, the symptoms caused by
‘physiological disturbances’ in the rats!, we can only imagine what
conditions led to upset rats; used in low-joule foods and
carbohydratemodified sweets, icecream and jams
E999 Quillaia
extract
foaming
agent, emulsifier, natural surfactant; derived from
chilean soap bark tree (Quillaia Saponaria); used
in beer and soda; known to promote healing and reduce excessive oiliness in
the skin
E1100# Amylase
derived
from mould mushroom or pig pancreas
E1200 Polydextrose
seems
safe in small doses
E1201 Polyvinylpyrrolidone
dispersing
agent, coating for tablets; used in artificial sweeteners
E1202 Polyvinylpolypyrrolidone
clarifying
agent for wine, colour and colloidal stabiliser
E1400-E1450 Starches
no
known adverse effects
E1505 Triethyl
acetate
part
becomes alcohol in the body
E1510 Ethanol
alcohol
E1517, E1518# Glycerol
acetates
humectants
and solvent derived from glycerol; used to coat fresh fruit in the US
E1520 Propylene
glycol
humectants,
wetting agent, dispersing agent, petroleum based; its glycerine like taste
has made it popular for children’s medications and other elixirs; used in
many topical creams and ointments, cosmetics, hair products and deodorants;
has been linked with fatal heart attacks (when given intravenously), central
nervous system depression and cosmetic or pharmaceutical contact dermatitis

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