Acidity regulators or pH control agents, are food additives use to change or maintain pH i.e., acidity or basicity. These regulators include mineral acids, bases, neutralizing agents, or buffering agents. Typical agents include the following acids and their sodium salts: sorbic acid, acetic acid, benzoic acid andd propionic acid. Acidity regulators are indicated by their E number.
Acidity regulators when consumed in large doses can cause several undesired side effects like hypertension, severe allergic reactions in asthmatics, trans fat increase and also have some carcinogenic properties.(1)
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