Q.The Role of Essential Oils In Food

Essential oils are found naturally in many foods, including vegetables, nuts and fruit, so most people will consume it to one degree or another through this method. Essential oils may also be added in the form of flavorings to ice cream or candy. However, in both cases, the amount of essential oil present is below 1%. When people talk of ingesting essential oils they are usually referring to taking them for medicinal purposes which requires substantially larger amounts. This is where caution is advised.

The Role of Essential Oils In Food

As essential oils are a good source of several bioactive compounds and possess antimicrobial and antioxidative properties, they are used as natural additives for food products, for shelf‐life extension purposes. Essential oils are also known to be incorporated into packaging, i.e. smart or active packaging.