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Research Task Coursework

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Introduction

Research Task Research the use of food additives in convenience foods. Using a convenience food of my choice, carry out a comparative analysis with a homemade alternative. Identifying Issues For this task, I have to research the role of additives in convenience foods and identify if they are really essential in the food. I will compare convenience foods with additives in to the additive free homemade alternative and create a sensory analysis on both products, because of this I will compare the products and analyse them. (The comparative analysis). What I have to do * Find out the function and dangers of additives in the diet. To do this I could look into books, leaflets, magazines and on websites. * Find out how many additives people consume daily by constructing a dietary diary for a range of people and construct graphs to show how many different additives we eat in a day. * I could create a questionnaire asking people about their awareness of additives in the foods they eat; I could also ask them what products they think contain additives. * I will look into books and websites to identify which foods contain higher amounts of additives especially the "dangerous additives". * I will look into a convenience food analyse its additives and see how the product can be improved more like the homemade alternative. * For my practical work I will create a homemade alternative to a food which contains many additives, I will compare the cost and compare the sensory analysis of the two products. The role of additives in the diet? The roles of additives are set out into seven different groups; 1) Preservatives are used to help keep food safer for longer. Any processed food with a long shelf-life is likely to include preservatives. 2) Antioxidants are used with any food containing any fat or oils they are used to stop the fats/oils going rancid quickly. ...read more.

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People did not recognise what products contained additives, but were aware approximately how many additives were in each product and were aware if there were any additives in the foods they eat. I kept a dietary diary for everything I ate for a day and found that on a normal day I eat an average of 24 different types of additives, these results showed that there are too many additives added to foods to make them more attractive, taste better, prolong their shelf life and for colouring the product. Evaluation From my research I have found out; * I have found the role of additives in convenience foods is essential to the taste and appearance of the food. * I have found definitions of what an additive is * I have found that they are really essential in the food, not just from the nutrients in the food but also the other groups like stabilizers and preservatives. * The dangers of additives and the health risks associated with them. * That the public awareness of additives, and what they defined as an additive, was very poor * That a lot of different additives are consumed daily, as they are essential to the food, as it preserves it and nutritionally makes it richer I am now going to investigate the taste between the additive-full convenience food and compare taste against the home-made alternative. These convenience foods that are full of additives, not only contains the additives but also contain high amounts of fat, sugar and salt. So I will aim, for my practical, to create a healthy low in fat, sugar and salt meal. Plan for Practical work I am going to make Leek and Potato Soup with bread and also I will make homemade Old School Fishcakes. Reasons for choice 1. Leek and Potato Soup is a healthy alternative compared to the ready made food. ...read more.

Conclusion

The homemade soup was a filling taste with the predominant tastes of potato, leeks and onion. The taste of the tinned soup was again salty, the texture to thin, and the aroma, not pleasant. The homemade soup cost �1.23 for 6 therefore 2 servings cost a measly 41p. People where the tinned soup was �0.59 for 2 at a push. The bread for the homemade alternative was very light and crispy, a bready taste. The convenience bread was heavy and bulky, hard to digest, costing 98p for two baguettes it was very cheap but again the homemade was 59p for 10 bread rolls. On all occasions the homemade was nutritionally richer and contained less additives, there were no additives apart from salt and pepper. I have shown in this practical that eating homemade food is healthier by containing essential nutrients, and that it contains fewer additives. Conclusion For this task I had to research the role of additives in food and the diet, by making my practical work I made these foods nutritionally healthier. * I found out the function and dangers of additives in the diet. I did this by looking in books, leaflets, magazines and on websites. * I found out how many additives people consume daily by constructing a dietary diary for a range of people and construct graphs to show how many different additives we eat in a day. * I created a questionnaire asking people about their awareness of additives in the foods they eat; I asked them what products they think contain additives. * I looked into books and websites and identified which foods contain higher amounts of additives especially the "dangerous additives". * I looked into a convenience food analyse its additives and analysed the product and checked how it can have been improved more like the homemade alternative. * I created a homemade alternative to a food which contains many additives; I will compare the cost and compare the sensory analysis of the two products. ...read more.

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