Monosodium Phosphate

Monobasic sodium phosphate to correct the pH of dairy products

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FAQs about Monosodium Phosphate for Food

What is monosodium phosphate?

This phosphate, also known by its acronym MSP, is also a derivative of high purity phosphoric acid when reacted with a food grade sodium source. It is generally found in the form of fine white crystals and is soluble in water.

What is monosodium phosphate used for?

This E339i additive is used in the industry as:
1. pH improving agent.
2. Emulsifier.
3. Nutritional supplement for being a source of phosphorus.
4. Antioxidant.
5. Penetrant agent in brine.
6. Sugar clarifier.
7. Stabilizer for breads and cheeses.
It is normally used for dehydrated preparations of isotonic drinks, protein stabilizer of yolks, gelatin and instant pudding and pH adjustment in dairy products.

Is monosodium phosphate the same as msg?

No, this confusion is due to its initials, however its functions and compounds are very different. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a natural amino acid and is known to enhance the flavor of foods, especially the well-known fifth taste Umami. On the other hand, MSP is a phosphate whose functions are aimed at regulating the pH, emulsifying, among others, but without modifying the flavor of food. If you want MSG, go to our flavor enhancers section.

Is monosodium phosphate safe?

This ingredient is classified as safe (GRAS) when used as a nutrient in foods according to good manufacturing practices. A consumption of no more than 40mg per Kg of daily body weight is recommended.

What does monosodium phosphate do in cheese?

Thanks to this additive, processed cheese is possible since it allows it to increase its hydration, emulsify the fat and adjust its pH. This is because the sodium phosphates sequester the calcium ions from it.