E306 = Vitamin E
E306 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 E306 is tocopherol-rich
extract, otherwise known
as Vitamin E.
The antioxidant E306 is obtained by extraction from
vegetable oils, such as wheat and rice germ, and can help prevent oxidation
of Vitamin A.
Its application to food products is limited by its strong
Vitamin E is important in fertility and reproduction, as well as being
involved in the formation of red blood cells. It also acts
to protect cell membranes from oxidation.
Excessive doses may cause
such as blurred vision and headaches.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E306:
Cheese, soup, animal and vegetable oils and fats, margarine and salad