Phosphate Additives in Your Food: What You Need to Know
According to the Food and Nutrition Board, American’s phosphorus intake has increased 10-15% in the last 20 years. It is suggested that phosphorus based food additives are largely to blame for this. The reason these phosphate additives have become so popular amongst the food industry is because of their ability to extend shelf life and control contamination. This is great for food companies, but it can be incredibly dangerous for people with CKD needing to follow the renal diet. Because your kidneys are not functioning at 100%, they are unable to remove the excess phosphorus. High levels of phosphorus left in your blood can cause serious bone and heart problems.
Chances are you’ve heard your dietitian, physician or other care member mention the need to control daily phosphorus intake. It’s a very important component of adhering to the renal diet and in the overall management of your disease. The problem is, the FDA does not require phosphorus to be reported on the Nutrition Facts Label. So, how does one limit phosphorus intake if the amount is not displayed on the food label? That is the problem VidaFuel has fixed with our renal specific food label displaying the phosphorus content clearly on the front of the packaging. In addition, VidaFuel does not use any phosphate additives.
A few commonly used food additives to look out for in pre-packaged food:
- Phosphoric acid
- Disodium phosphate
- Sodium polyphosphate
- Sodium hexametaphosphate
- Sodium phosphate
- Monocalcium phosphate
- Dicalcium phosphate
- Tetrasodium phosphate
- trisodium priphosphate
Now you can snack safely with VidaFuel's kidney friendly products.