Curcumin properties

Dye E 100

What is curcumin?

cold cuts
Cold cuts contain curcumin.

Curcumin (E 100) is a food additive commonly used in the food industry to improve the appearance of products.

This colorant provides yellow and orange tones, and is extracted from the turmeric root. It can also be obtained synthetically or by bacterial fermentation.

Chemical properties of curcumin

It is a photosensitive substance, with antioxidant action. In large doses it stimulates bile flow.

Uses in diet of curcumin

This colorant is used in:

Margarines, jams, preserves, potato flakes, non-alcoholic flavored drinks, cold cuts, patés, mustard sauce, baked goods, sweets, spice mixes (curries), rice dishes, precooked food.

Curcumin toxicity

It is considered a harmless colorant, therefore its ADI is not determined.

In sensitive people it can produce adverse reactions.

May cause allergy to people allergic to pollen or mugwort.

It can trigger an outbreak of neurodermatitis.

Other food preservatives that are commonly used in food:

Lutein, xanthophyll and tagetes extract – E 161b

– Chlorophyll additive E 140 

– Tartrazine dye, E 102

Food colorings

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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

12 December, 2021

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