Phosphate Additives

Debatable Keto IngredientWhat are Phosphate Additives?

Phosphorus is one of the most common elements in our environment and is essential to human, animal and plan life. Phosphorus is present naturally in food, water and even human bodies. In your body, phosphorus is present in your genes, teeth, and bones — even your muscles work because of the phosphorus in adenosine triphosphate.

Today, phosphorus is an important part of many of the products that are indispensable to modern living and good health.

Phosphates are usually used as compounds of phosphate ions in combination with one or more common elements, such as sodium, calcium, potassium, and aluminum.

Phosphates are classified into several primary groups based on the number of phosphorus (P) molecules. Each of these groups have functional properties ideal for many applications.

Orthophosphates Buffering: – detergents
Pyrophosphates Sequestering: – water treatment, metal cleaning
Tripolyphosphate Dispersant: – meat processing, dish detergent

Inorganic phosphorus, or phosphate additives, are used by the food industry to extend the shelf life of food, make foods creamier and easier to melt, and keep powders from clumping. Common foods with phosphate additives include fast food, canned or bottled drinks, spreadable cheeses, and processed foods.

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Food-grade sodium phosphate is categorized by the FDA as GRAS, which means “generally recognized as safe.” This may be because the amount of sodium phosphate added to processed food, is relatively low. It’s synthetic and some studies show it’s absorbed differently than naturally occurring phosphate by the body. High levels of phosphate may elevate mortality rates for the general public. It is recommended to eat foods with naturally occurring phosphates.

Side Effects From Ingesting Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate?

More research is needed, but some research shows a negative impact on longevity, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and vascular damage.

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