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Natural element, produced by burning vegetable matter.
Function & characteristics:
Black, water-insoluble colour. Also used as a filtration agent.
Many products, but limited use due to insolubility in water.
Daily intake:
None determined.
Side effects:
No side effects known in the concentrations used. Used medically as an anti-diarrhoeal agent.
Dietary restrictions:
None; E153 can be consumed by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

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