Uses: Monopotassium, Dipotassium and Tripotassium typical products include sauce and dessert mixes, jelly products, cooked and other cured meats, milk and cream powders, drinking chocolate.
Other names: dipotassium hydrogen phosphate, dipotassium hydrogen orthophosphate, phosphoric acid dipotassium salt, potassium hydrogen phosphate.
Abnormally high intakes of potassium carry potentially harmful effects, including tissue damage, the rupture of blood cells, kidney damage and heart arrhythmia that can lead to cardiac arrest.
Intakes greater than 18 grams at once can result in hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the bodily fluids) with serious and even fatal results.
Description: Monopotassium, Dipotassium and Tripotassium are potassium salts of phosphoric acid used as an antioxidant synergist, buffer and emulsifier in food.
Also used in the Merck version of the BCG vaccine (Tuberculosis), this being a controversial additive.
Impure phosphoric acid has its main application in fertilisers, and also in the synthesis of pure phosphoric acid. In turn pure phosphoric acid is used in food, detergents, pharmaceuticals and metal treatment (e.g. pickling, cleaning, rust-
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