May 2013 Issue
High-Phosphorus, Nutrient-Poor Foods
You may want to add phosphorus to the list of concerns related to purchasing and consuming highly processed foods and beverages, like soft drinks and deli meats, for example. Emerging evidence suggests that high intakes of the mineral phosphorus could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as mortality. Getting more than you bargained for. Phosphorus, an essential nutrient found in many protein-rich foods, such as eggs, milk, fish, meat, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, is primarily used by the body for the repair and growth of cells and tissues. But the supply of phosphorus in our food system is increasing; the nutrient is now added to products like soft drinks, flavored waters, deli meats, processed cheeses, and baked goods as a preservative, anti-caking and leavening agent.
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