Doctor says ingredient found in most foods may be linked to higher mortality rates

(WHTM) – There’s a growing concern about an ingredient found in many of the Thanksgiving foods we ate last week.

That ingredient also referred to as an additive is phosphates. There isn’t enough evidence to say it should be avoided entirely, but Doctor Alex Chang says the health effects are concerning.

“One of the issues is that there is a lot of phosphorus based additives that are used in processed foods and so it’s possible that these may be contributing significant amount and make it very challenging,” says Dr. Chang.

Phosphates naturally occur in our food, our water and our bodies so it is something to be aware of. Research shows that phosphates have been linked to higher mortality rates, but Dr. Chang it does not show the manner of death.

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