Is there “Paint Thinner” (Trisodium Phosphate) in Cereal?

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.”

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  1. Anonymous on September 27, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Trisodium Phosphate in this case is used possibly as a leavening agent in a similar way that Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) would be used. Coincidentally, baking soda can also be used as a cleaning agent. The amount of trisodium phosphate will also likely be very low. This whole website is mostly pseudoscience garbage, don’t trust any of these articles.

    Of course you can trust me as my name is Anonymous.

  2. Jason N on February 25, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    It sounds like someone doesn’t want the truth to be known based on the previous comment. Let the TRUTH be known!

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