What are stabilizers used for in the food industry?

  • They enable the maintenance of a homogeneous dispersion of two or more immiscible substances in the food.
  • They stabilize, retain or intensify the existing color of the food.
  • It acts as a thickener to gel food to the desired consistency.
  • They are used to preserve the physical properties of food , increasing the stability and thickness of food by binding their large molecules.
  • They prevent the formation of ice crystals in ice cream .

Different foods have different consistencies and textures . No two stabilizers, thickeners or gelling agents are exactly the same and one will generally be more effective in a particular application than another. Processing conditions also vary widely from one food to another.

In what foods can we sometimes find stabilizers?

Are stabilizers safe?

Stabilizers are generally considered safe for human health, but some people may have an allergic reaction to some of them. That’s why it’s important to read food labels and be interested in the ingredients of the food we buy.