17 October 2019
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E100 – Curcumin

Number: E100

Name: Curcumin/Turmeric

Other names: Diferuloylmethane; curcumin I; C.I. 75300; Natural Yellow 3

Function: Color

Description: Orange –  yellow coluor

Orgin: Curcumin is isolated from the roots and stem of Yellowroot (Curcuma longa lub Curcumadomestica)

Application: Pigment, which imparts the yellow colour for food.

Daily intake: up to 1 mg/kg body weight for curcumin and up to 0.3 mg/kg for turmeric – according to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

Curiosities:

  • Turmeric is the crude extract. Curcumin is the purified compound, which imparts the yellow colour to curry (spice)
  • according to research may slow the progress of cancer,
  • it is trying to use it as a drug for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • it is not very soluble in water

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