Food Firming Agents

such as calcium chloride and calcium lactate




Names of Food Firming Agents on Product Labels

Names of common food firming agents found on product labels include: alum (ammonium aluminum sulfate), calcium chloride, and calcium lactate.

What Do Food Firming Agents Do?

Food firming agents maintain crispness and firmness.

Examples of Uses for Food Firming Agents

Food firming agents are added to and used in foods like pickled (alum for watermelon rinds) or processed fruits and vegetables.
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