There are so many cereals out there in the world. There are “Brand” name and “Generic” brands however so many of them are not healthy for us to be giving our children on a daily basis. There are GMOs (Genectically modified organisms), large amounts of SUGAR, Annato ( which is linked to high blood sugar, headaches, and irritability) BHA, and the infamous Trisodium Phosphate.
According to the FDA they say that Trisodium Phosphate in small, tiny amounts is not a toxic risk in food. I do know that there are so many different chemicals in so many types of food on the shelves of the supermarket however I just find it extremely important that parents know what they are giving their kids.
What is Trisodium Phosphate?
Well, Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is the inorganic compound with the chemical formula Na3PO4. It is a white, granular or crystalline solid, highly soluble in water producing an alkaline solution. TSPs are used as cleaning agent, lubricant, food additive, stain remover and degreaser.
It has been said thatTSP is still sold and used as a cleaning agent but since the late 1960s its use has diminished in the United States and many other parts of the world because, like many phosphate-based cleaners, it is known to cause extensive eutrophication of lakes and rivers once it enters a water system. Substitutes for TSP are now being used but they are generally not as effective.
According to the Website In R Food, Trisodium Phosphate has the potential for the following health effects:
“The FDA claims that Trisodium phosphate in certain amounts is not a risk in food, but some reports and agencies have deemed it a hazardous substance. The Clean Water Act has taken steps to limit the use of TSP in cleaning supplies because it damages the environment. Phosphates are required of the human body, however trisodium phosphate is an inorganic chemical phosphate. There are other organic sources of necessary phosphates that are proven to be safe and beneficial for consumption.
TSP has not been proven to be toxic to humans as a food additive, but has shown to be severely irritating to the gastric mucosa unless part of a buffered solution. Trisodium phosphate may reduce accumulation of lactic acid in muscles. Excess intake of TSP may produce an imbalance of minerals that lead to loss of calcium from bone and a calcification of the kidneys. The daily limit of trisodium phosphate is recommended to be 70mg. TSP consumed as part of a Western junk food diet sometimes reaches upwards of 500mg, which leads to an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.”
This is a Diagram which is on the website www.pesticideinfo.org which has so much information about pesticides and toxicity information of chemicals.
Did you check out the part where it says INGESTION?
SYMPTOMS- ABDOMINAL PAIN, BURNING SENSATION, SHOCK OR COLLAPSE.
I’m not on here to scare any parents because a lot of the cereals/ foods that contain TSP are cereals and foods we consumed growing up however it’s still alarming to me and I decided to AVOID them being that I know what TSP is.
When purchasing cereal please look at the ingredients and try to avoid buying cereal with these ingredients. It’s better to be safe than sorry.