Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) is often used in paint thinner due to it having high levels of alkaline which help clean various substances. The CDC recommends avoiding all consumption of TSP due to how it can lead to frighteningly harmful health issues such as kidney damage and calcium removal from bones. Unfortunately, this chemical is showing up in places such as lunch meat and cereal, which is quite alarming to the general consumer. It is important to look over ingredient lists as much as possible in order to be aware of what you are ingesting.
- Trisodium phosphate is an industrial cleaning agent as well as a degreasing specific and a mildew remover and lead abatement agent.
- Trisodium phosphate has a pH on par with that of bleach, according to the online resource, Snopes.
- TSP is found in food as a leavening agent to keep especially baked foods shelf-beautiful and “fluffy” looking longer.
“Well, I’m here to tell you the truth about yet another theory, that there is trisodium phosphate in cereal.”