Food Additives Quiz – 10


Q. Which is the sweetest known substance

  1. Talin
  2. Monellin
  3. Fructose
  4. Saccharin

Answer: a)

Talin: Thaumatin is also known as talin. It is known as sweetest substance. It is 1600 times sweeter than cane sugar. It is a protein isolated from the plant Thaumatococcus daniellii.

Q. Calcium stearate is used as an

  • Anticaking agent
  • Antifungal agent
  • Antifoaming agent
  • Antibacterial agent

Answer: a)

Anticaking agent: An anticaking agent is an additive placed in powdered or granulated materials, such as table salt or confectioneries, to prevent the formation of lumps (caking) and for easing packaging, transport, flowability, and consumption.

Q. Which of the following preservative is NOT recommended in food application

  • Formaldehyde
  • Sorbic acid
  • Benzoic acid
  • None of the above

Answer: a)

Formaldehyde:  Formaldehyde is detrimental to human health. Hence, use of formaldehyde as a food preservative is legally prohibited in most of the countries.

Q. Monosodium glutamate is mostly used in

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Milk
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Savory

Answer: d)

Savory: A small serving of food that is spicy or salty but not sweet.

Q. Which of the following is/are the class II preservatives

  • Sorbic acid
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • All of the above

Answer: a)

Sorbic acid: Sorbic acid, potassium sorbate, and calcium sorbate are novel, highly efficient, safe, and nonpoisonous food preservatives. They are the substitute for the benzoic acid as a traditional preservative.


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