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What Is Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate?

Label Able: Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate

Label reading is an obsession of mine, and there are a few ingredients I just won't eat. Enriched flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and mono- and diglycerides are on the to-be-avoided list. Add to that the ingredients whose names I just cannot pronounce.

I recently came across the ingredient disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate on a package of Alexia Roasted Red Potatoes & Harvest Vegetables. I trust this company's all-natural products, but since you should never assume anything is healthy, I decided to do a little research to see what this incredibly lengthy ingredient is made of. Curious to know what I discovered? Then


On the package, it says that disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate is used to "retain natural color," but it doesn't say where it comes from. When searching the Internet, it was actually difficult to find information on the ingredient at first, which made me even more wary. After a few clicks, I learned that it's an odorless chemical food additive in the form of a white crystalline powder. You may also see it listed as disodium diphosphate on labels such as canned seafood. Aside from retaining color, it's also used to prevent oxidation (browning) of potatoes, and as a leavening agent in breads.

It's characterized as GRAS (generally recognized as safe), but there are warnings that excessive use can lead to imbalanced levels of minerals in the body and bone loss.

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I don't think there's any regulation by the FDA when it comes to calling a food 'all natural,' but for 'organic' it only needs to be 95% organic. It must be a full 100% to be labeled 100% organic, though.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Chemical names always freak people out. It's not as bad as everyone says...if people called water "dihydrogen monoxide", people would freak out. Just don't eat processed crap if you want to avoid preservatives like this...most things have it in them, so try to avoid the stuff that has it if you are worried.
mtn-girl mtn-girl 7 years
If I can't pronounce it - than I won't eat it.
Paradox28 Paradox28 7 years
What do you eat then? I cannot find bread without Enriched flour.
Julie12345 Julie12345 7 years
define excessive use before I even worry about this
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 7 years
This goes under the category of "nothing is good for you anymore!"
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