What is Phosphoric Acid?
Phosphoric acid is a colorless, odorless crystalline liquid. It gives soft drinks a tangy flavor and prevents the growth of mold and bacteria, which can multiply easily in a sugary solution. Most of soda’s acidity also comes from phosphoric acid. Phosphoric acid is made from the mineral phosphorus, which is found naturally in the body. It works with calcium to form strong bones and teeth. It also helps support kidney function and the way your body uses and stores energy. Phosphorus helps your muscles recover after a hard workout. The mineral plays a major role in the body’s growth and is even needed to produce DNA and RNA, the genetic codes of living things. Phosphorus is first turned into phosphorus pentoxide through a chemical manufacturing process. It’s then treated again to become phosphoric acid.
The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for phosphorous is 700 mg, which is easily reached with natural foods. As a food additive in almost all sodas and many processed foods, the average American gets an excess of phosphorous which can lead to loss of bone density and lead to potential osteoporosis and heart disease. One soda can have up to 500 mg of phosphorous.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Phosphoric Acid?
May lead to heart health issues, loss of bone density, and osteoporosis. Adults with kidney disease are recommended to have no more than 800 to 1,000 mg of phosphorus a day. Kidneys help the body get rid of extra phosphorus, but too much phosphorus can build up in the blood if they’re not functioning well.
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