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[*] posted on 20-3-2012 at 17:10
Why isn't food labelled with phosphorus content?


It seems like phosphorus is an essential nutrient, so why then is it not listed on food labels?

According to wikipedia, phosphorus is a quantity mineral, the demand for which is about 700mg per day. If you add up all the oxygens bonded to phosphorus in phosphate, we need quite a bit of phosphate in our diet.

Is analysis too costly and complicated? If anyone finds a food label with phosphorus (or phosphate) content printed on it I'd be glad to take all this back.




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[*] posted on 20-3-2012 at 17:48


Dietary Value 10%, 25% with milk (on label) but no mg numbers. Click on ingredients.
http://www.cheerios.com/Products/Cheerios
Click nutrition for % phosphorus.
http://www.barillaus.com/content/prodottobarilla/whole-grain...

Tidbits
http://www.dietandfitnesstoday.com/phosphorus-in-cheerios.ph...
http://healthyeatingclub.com/info/books-phds/books/foodfacts...
http://www.davita.com/kidney-diet-tips/?tag=food-labels-phos...


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[*] posted on 20-3-2012 at 18:47


Interesting, but still quite lacking. It says phosphorus, but does not specify whether the element or the oxyanion is counted. I wonder why phosphorus is so overlooked. Granted phosphorus deficiency is rare, but it is still an essential component of our diet.



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[*] posted on 20-3-2012 at 19:01


I think phosphates are a pretty common additive for various nonnutritional reasons, at least I've seen them on many ingredient lists.

Almost everyone gets so much excess that it's never really a concern. More often people have to worry about eating too much of it. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/HQ01212




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