From food dyes to preservatives, you're probably curious about what ingredients are being put in the everyday foods on your grocery shopping list… and why they're even there in the first place.
One of these additives is titanium dioxide (E171), an odorless powder that enhances the bright white color or opacity of foods. It's often found in chewing gum, candies, pastries, chocolates, coffee creamers, and cake decorations. It's also used in food packaging to preserve the shelf life of a product. But, should you be concerned about consuming it?
Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorizes titanium dioxide as "Generally Recognized as Safe," other organizations have issued warnings. Keep reading to learn more about this common food additive, what it's used for, and how it may impact your health.