Chlorophyll additive E 140

Food additive E 140

What is chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is found naturally in vegetables

Chlorophyll is found naturally in vegetables

Chlorophyll (E 140) is a natural dye, perhaps the best known and most common in the plant kingdom.

This additive is extracted from green plants by chemical process. As a curiosity, we can explain that plants owe their green coloration to this famous pigment, chlorophyll.

The reason why chlorophyll is green is because it contains magnesium, a green colored mineral. The same happens with human blood, which contains iron and it is red, that is why blood is red.

Some reptilian animals have other minerals in their blood, such as nickel, and that is why they have blue blood.

Chlorophyll chemical properties

It is a fat-soluble substance, sensitive to heat and light, unstable against acids and antioxidant.

Uses in food of Chlorophyll

Many candies contain chlorophyll

This colorant is used in:

Candy, chewing gum, cheese, vegetables, jams, jellies, marmalades, lemonade, liqueurs.

Chlorophyll toxicity

It is considered a harmless additive for health. Its ADI is not determined and it can be used in free amounts in food products.

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– Tartrazine dye, E 102

Silver – E 174

Lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract – E 161b

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

8 October, 2021

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