Boston, MA (PressExposure) February 28, 2012 -- The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending it's support to a new German study that shows an excessive consumption of phosphate-rich foods could be harmful.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Friday, February 24, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/watch-out-for-these-dangers-in-your-food), German researchers have found that excessive consumption of phosphate is damaging to one's health. They recommend that any foods that contain phosphate additives should be labeled.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the researchers reviewed all the past studies on the subject. It highlights that taking in too high levels of phosphates increases the risk of death in patients who have kidney disease. These patients have been found to have markedly elevated phosphate concentration in the blood. Yet recent studies also show that phosphate can do some serious damage to blood vessels as well, and even induces aging processes.
"Free phosphate" is the type found in food additives, and it is entirely resorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
Phosphate additives are particularly present in many types of fast food. The researchers state that it is likely higher levels of phosphates are linked to the increased prevalence of heart disease and related heart conditions in the general population.
The authors conclude that physicians and the public need to be educated about the role of phosphate additives as a risk factor for chronic disease.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that while phosphates are naturally present in the human body and in many foods, some foods have high levels and we should be aware of these. These include dairy products, whole-grain cereals, nuts, and certain meats. The ones in dairy and meat seem to be more readily absorbed by the body.
But the food industry frequently uses phosphate-based additives to help give food a longer shelf life, or a specific taste. Cola drinks contain considerable levels of phosphate (phosphoric acid) and are possibly the worst culprits. This gives soft drinks a high acidity, so they can create too much phosphate in the bloodstream.
SOURCE Ritz, et al,. Dtsch Arztebl. Int., 2012; 109 (4): 49-55.)
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