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A lot of home builders and painters will know what trisodium phosphate (TSP) is. But a lot of them don't know that they eat it for breakfast!
Even though it appears right on the ingredients label, a lot of people don't realize it's an industrial cleaning agent. It gets worse (see below video), the government doesn't even want you to clean with it because it's considered bad for the environment. It's an okay part of a complete breakfast though!
I have to wonder what benefit TSP is when added to a breakfast cereal? Honest question for I can not fathom a reason for the addition ? Is their a cereal maker in the house ?
Trisodium phosphate is not recognized as toxic to the human body. However, in its white, crystalline form, it can irritate your stomach lining, causing stomach pain and gastrointestinal upset. Avoid gastric mucosa irritation by taking trisodium phosphate as a buffered solution. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers trisodium phosphate -- together with disodium phosphate and sodium phosphate -- to be generally recognized as safe in foods. Sodium phosphate and disodium phosphate are approved for use in over-the-counter laxatives.
reply to post by 727Sky
It sounds bad but it's not really, unless you eat it raw and in huge amounts.
trisodium phosphate is no longer used in consumer soaps and detergents because of ecological concerns.
Trisodium phosphate is an approved food additive in the U.S., European Union and other countries of the world. The primary function of trisodium phosphate is acidity regulation. It is commonly present in dry, extruded cereals. Together with other phosphates, it modifies cereal color, aids the cereal's flow through the extruder and provides phosphorus fortification. Trisodium phosphate is also commonly present in cheese sauces as an emulsifier.
reply to post by ChaosComplex
Soap and cleaner products comes in many forms and is used in VERY HUGE amounts, and in many cases the wast water is released directly in to nature.
Again we are talking the amount used, not the actual product.
edit on 25-3-2014 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)
That's actually a good point. Have to wonder how much is retained or passed by the kids who eat that stuff for breakfast everyday?