I have a suggestion. Don't ever read the ingredient labels on the food products you buy at the grocery store. If you read the labels, it will make you sick at your stomach. You can't believe all the chemicals that are in our food; strange sounding, unpronounceable additives. A lot of the ingredients contain the word "acid" and end with "ic". Why can't they be more direct and honest and just say, "There are a lot of fake chemicals in this food that you are better off not knowing about."
Why are these additives needed? To add color, taste, texture. To keep them looking and tasting fresh even though they aren't.
You have two choices: Read the labels and feel sick, or skip the labels. I recommend not reading the labels.