What are ingredients?

Ingredients are those substances that form part of a mixture (in a general sense). For example, especially in cooking, recipes specify which ingredients are used to prepare a specific dish.


Primarily we get all the ingredients from the plants and secondary from the animals. Plants are the only living thing that can make their food by the process of 'photosynthesis' and after that, all the living beings (mammals, reptile, etc.) depends on this primary source. We get ingredients from animals like milk, egg, silk, wool, etc. which indirectly depend upon a primary source that is plant.


So, from the above-mentioned line, we can understand that majority of the ingredients come from plants and animals. But, there are many edible food materials or ingredients that are not collected from any plant or animal they are invented by humans, by mixing different types of chemicals.

For example - baking soda, baking powder, vinegar, salt, etc.

We also eat some species of fungi which doesn't belong to any plant or animal kingdom. For example, the most popular fungi that we eat is 'mushroom'.


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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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