E304(i) is an additive approved by the EU (European
It is used as a synthetic antioxidant in food and drink products.
The common name for E304(i) is ascorbyl palmitate.
The antioxidant E304(i) is a fatty acid ester of
acid and is produced by the esterification (production of
an ester by reacting alcohol and
acid) of the fatty acid palmitate and ascorbic acid.
E304(i) can work
to prevent oxidation in the food colourings E160 and E161.
E304(i) may not be suitable for vegetarians because
the palmitic acid used to produce it may be derived from animal
fat. E304(i) is less effective as a source
of vitamin C if taken orally, because it may break-down in the
body before being digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E304 (i) and E304
Processed meat, cereal and margarine.