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What is Pyrophosphate Used For? Health Benefits and Side Effects of Pyrophosphate in Food

Pyrophosphate is used in different chemical compositions. Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate is used as pH buffer, dough conditioner, and emulsifier, in toothpaste and as a detergent aid. It is a source of potassium and is an instant thickener for puddings. Disodium pyrophosphate is used in canned seafood to retain color. It is also used in potato products as it prevents darkening of potatoes for a long period of time. It is also used in leather treatment to remove iron stains. Pyrophosphate is also used as a food additive in fish, meat and poultry. It is used in the production of chewing gum, manufactured for dental health benefits. It prevents building of calculus on teeth. Side effects include stomach cramps and nausea.

by Margaret Walker on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 23:00

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