Disodium pyrophosphate, is an edible phosphoric salt that helps create leavening used for baking, such as baking powder, and prevents food discoloration, such as in raw potatoes. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Monocalcium Phosphate?
Disodium pyrophosphate also known as Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, is a white powder that is soluble in water and insoluble in ethanol. Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate is used in the food and beverage industry as a fermentation agent, buffering agent, preservative, and quality improver. Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate is used in breads, pastries, instant noodles, luncheon meat, cooked ham, canned meat, and other meat products.
Possible Side Effects of Disodium Pyrophosphate
Though Disodium Pyrophosphate is regarded as safe supplement, there maybe some side effects:
Possible short-term side effects
- skin rash
- visual disturbances
- depletion of minerals
Possible long-term side effects
- toxin build-up
- kidney damage
- teratogenic effects
- lethal in high concentrations
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Disodium Pyrophosphate is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Disodium Pyrophosphate populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Disodium Pyrophosphate.
1. A comparison of the inhibitory effects of disodium pyrophosphate and disodium ethane-hydroxy-1, 1-diphosphonate on simple calcergy. [J Pathol. 1979 Nov] Author: McClure J.