Sodium hexametaphosphate is primarily used as an emulsifier, texturizer in many foods and as an anti-staining agent in toothpaste. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Sodium Hexametaphosphate?
Sodium Hexametaphosphate (Food Grade) is in the form of white powder, white fine powder, white granular or colorless piece. In the food industry it is used as a sequesdtrant and quality improver. Applications for Sodium Hexametaphosphate include cheese powders and dips, breakfast cereals, beer and bottled beverages, imitation cheese, frozen dessert, packaged eggs and artificial maple syrup.
Possible Side Effects of Sodium Hexametaphosphate
Though Sodium Hexametaphosphate is regarded as safe supplement, there maybe some side effects:
Possible short-term side effects
- gastrointestinal irritation
- allergic reaction
Possible long-term side effects
- pancreatic cancer
- loss of calcium
- kidney problems
- skin irritation
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. Sodium Hexametaphosphate 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 Sodium Hexametaphosphate populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Sodium Hexametaphosphate.
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