What To Know About Phosphates, The Food Additive That’s In (Almost) Everything You Eat

By Colleen De Bellefonds | Well + Good

At this point, most of us are pretty canny about shady food additives in our food (ahem, high-fructose corn syrup, much?). But there are still some sneaky ingredients that we as consumers often are still in the dark about, like phosphates.

Did you hear crickets when reading that word? Don’t blame you. It’s a very common food additive, present in lots of packaged foods, but it’s been flying under the radar for years. Yet a growing number of studies link it to some pretty undesirable side effects, from heart disease to early death (gulp).

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