E301 is an additive approved by the EU (European Union).
It is used as a natural antioxidant in food and drink products.
The common name for E301 is sodium ascorbate.
It may also be
referred as ascorbicin or cebitate.
E301 is a highly reactive sodium salt (and one of four mineral ascorbates)
acid. Although a natural antioxidant occurring in most
fruits and vegetables, E301 can also be produced synthetically from
the fermentation and oxidation of glucose, to provide a source of vitamin
C. E301 acts to reduce the formation of nitrosamines in meat
and the ‘browning’ of fruits (especially citrus).
Examples of food/drink products that may include E301:
Potatoes, tinned fruits, soft drinks, beer and wine.