EDTA also known as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, is a chemical used for both industrial and medical purposes. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is EDTA?
EDTA can be used as a chelating agent; preservative, flavoring and stabilizing agent, as well as a color retention agent in foods.
Possible Side Effects of EDTA
EDTA side effects may such as nausea and vomiting, as well as a headache.
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. EDTA is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to EDTA populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake EDTA.
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