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#1 of 8 Old 03-07-2003, 12:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone know about trisodium phosphate (tsp), a friend pointed out that it is even regular cheerio's amoung others. What is it? )Is it really the same stuff I use to clean mold off my house??) What is it for? Is it safe? What are the alternatives in other products??

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I just looked it up for you. There is a different grade of it in food than in cleaning products, from what I can see.
Here is one chemical solution for it - Na3PO4.12H20
I forget from chemistry class what that all means, any nurses out there?
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http://www.khck.net/chemical63.htm
Here is a link for you. It is just used to improve food, whatever that means.
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Ok, so you made me curious. I did some further research. At first I started to get nervous, thinking about what the stuff was. It is a bactericide in food and dairy.http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdo...C/10061-K.html It is supposed to kill salmonella, and other bacteria, but to tell the truth, I think there is no need for it in cereal. It is also used in some toothpastes and denture cleaners. It is apparently used in water treatments also.http://www.brenntag.be/prd/product/t...osfaaten.shtml at the bottom of the page it says something about water treatment. I think I would like to do some more research into this stuff....this is very interesting.
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Thanks for your replies. I did look at Brentagg's site too. I was hoping someone would actually know about tsp in food, i.e., is it bad for you and/or is it better than some alternative (like if they didn't put it in would they have to put in something worse to kill bacteria). If you'd like to do some more research I would LOVE to see it!!! Maybe we could e-mail the manufacturers of Cheerios to hear wha they have to say?? I'm not sure if it has always been in Cheerios, but I did notice it on the label of some canned tuna at the store this week (I chose to buy a different brand). Cheerios are still in my cupboard....

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I read on this board in the past that the tsp is what makes the Cheerios float even when soggy.
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I've looked this topic up a couple of times, and General Mills has decided to keep it in their product, because they say its in such a low amount it cannot harm you, but why would they even put it in there? I believe there are Organic o's or something similar that you can eat which is a lot healthier. I just don't eat their products anymore.
From my understanding, its whats used to make tires, and used as a wall paint stripper. UMM something I dont want to eat. Definitley!

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You cvan get Orangatang O's at the health food store. They are TSP free and yummy...they taste more like honey nut cheerios than regular though...

I am working on my "if I dont know what the heck it is I dont want to eat it" rule...

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