Hello everyone,

Today I would like to talk about tripotassium phosphate.  Why? Well, while on my recent trip, my elderly aunt served us a choice of cereals for breakfast.  The options included a couple of sugar-coated varieties and Cheerios.  I picked the Cheerios and while eating I looked at the ingredient list (don’t we all read the box while eating cereal?:) ).  Things were looking pretty good until I got to tripotassium phosphate.  It sounded like a natural ingredient – at least things found in nature somewhere. So I made a mental note to check it out when I got home.

The basic description is that it is a food additive.  It can be used as a  whipping agent, emulsifier and foaming agent. It is water-soluble. It is a  potassium salt of phosphoric acid.

In an article titled, “GMO Paranoia And The Hollow Health Claims Of Cheerios” dated February 10, 2014, I found this statement:

“Cheerios also contains tripotassium phosphate, a powerful cleaning agent. It is added in small amounts to adjust the acidity of the mix used to formulate the cereal. This too has raised the ire of some ill-informed activists who do not realize that we consume all sorts of naturally occurring phosphates regularly in our diet.

In another article, it was discussed that chicken producers use tripotassium phosphate instead of chlorine to clean the meat of bacteria.  I’m sure it is in a much higher concentration than as a food additive, but still I wonder about the additive.

Yes, potassium may be naturally occurring, but it is the phosphates that are the dangerous ingredient. In an article titled, “Natural” Isn’t Always Natural!”, a very disturbing fact came up.

“The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine did a study and found a possible connection between “phosphates” as a food additive, and the development of lung cancer!” (emphasis is  mine)

Possible is a big word.  At one time, smoking was considered a possible cause of lung cancer.  I’m not saying that eating Cheerios will give you cancer – or actually harm you. We have been eating Cheerios and feeding them to our babies for many years. I personally ate many a bowl of Cheerios with sugar sprinkled on top (a lot of sugar) and a banana cut up it the bowl when I was growing up.  When I was at my Aunt’s I ate my Cheerios with a banana but without the sugar this time.

This is another call you will have to make for yourself.  Do you want tripotassium phosphate in your food or not?  I do not intend to make a regular diet of it but if I am again on vacation and Cheerios is the only cereal offered, I will eat a bowl and not worry about it.

Bye for now, friends.








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