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Do your meals contain additives?Updated 2 months ago

The term 'additive' refers to any ingredient which performs a function in a food; for example the baking powder used in our banana pancakes to make them light and fluffy is technically an 'additive'. However, we use very few of these ingredients and they are always completely safe, natural and no different to ingredients you would find in your kitchen cupboard at home. Here are the additives used in our meals and the purpose of them:

  • Baking powder (Mono calcium phosphate, Corn starch, Sodium bicarbonate): Used to make pancakes & courgette bites light and fluffy, the same as the baking powder you have in your cupboard at home
  • Citric acid: Added to our tinned tomatoes, tomato passata and garlic puree by the manufacturer as a natural preservative (the same thing found in lemons!). Less than 2% citric acid is used and it is totally harmless and found in many of the tins in your cupboard.
  • Rosemary extract: An antioxidant found in our stocks, derived from rosemary. This is added by the manufacturer to help extend the shelf life of the ingredient.

Some of our older Apricot & Carrot Oatbites also contain sulphur dioxide; this is a preservative found in dried apricots; however we have switched to a preservative-free apricot so these meals will soon be updated.

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