Monopotassium phosphate, MKP, KH₂PO₄, is a soluble salt of potassium and the dihydrogen phosphate ion which is used as a fertilizer, a food additive and a fungicide. It is a source of phosphorus and potassium. It is also a buffering agent. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Monopotassium Phosphate?
Monopotassium Phosphate is used as a thickener, emulsifier, sequestrant, acidity regulator, humectant and stabilizer. It is used in dessert mixes, pasteurized processed cheese, cheese spreads, jelly products, cheese foods, non diary powdered coffee creams and sauces, vitamin waters and energy drinks.
Possible Side Effects of Monopotassium Phosphate
Monopotassium Phosphate is generally considered a safe ingredient. Common side effects may:
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea;
- bone or joint pain;
- headache, dizziness, tired feeling;
- muscle pain or weakness;
- increased thirst; or.
- numbness or tingly feeling.
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. Monopotassium Phosphate 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 Monopotassium Phosphate populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Monopotassium Phosphate.
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