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Kurzemiete

Concerns re: Sodium triphosphate

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Hello. Been a while since I've been here.

Not that I am necessarily better. But you've (the great peeps on this forum ! :D:lol::wub: have been incredibly helpful and I know how to cope better, and I've made positive changes in mine and my daughter's lives.

So, as you can see I am writing to ask you about this new EVIL I've just recently discovered is a neruo toxin, used often in frozen sea foods: Sodium triphosphate. For example; I've been eating frozen fish with gluten-free herbs and spices, added veggies for years and also frozen shrimp with hot butter and garlic. YUM! With no *apparent* side effects. I am not sure anymore...A few days ago, I had good serving of shrimp and the usual, butter with fresh garlic and a bowl of green leaf salad with olive oil and Himalayan salt and again garlic lol (a big fan of garlic here ;) ) . Within an hour of eating, my abdomen was so bloated. I looked like I was pregnant and in my second trimester :o . Wow! ...Ok, I thought to myself: WHAT did I ingest with gluten or milk, that could be the cause for this?...Everything seemed ok, over the last few days.

So I had to read the ingredients of this shrimp. I guess something like instinct told me to do it. And BAM, I came across that thing: Shrimp, water, Sodium triphosphate. I did some searching online and did not find too much except that 'The United States Food and Drug Administration lists STPP as "generally recognized as safe." '  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_triphosphate   THIS means very little to me personally. NOT reassuring at all. 

I found something which DID scare me: " Even though deemed safe for ingestion, this is one chemical you want to avoid if you've experienced reactions due to eating frozen fish.  Check for seafood products labeled as "dry" which means they have not been contaminated with the chemical.  Food products labeled as "wet" have usually been treated with sodium tripolyphosphate.

STPP, is a suspected neurotoxin according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances. Food-grade STPP may cause acute
skin irritation, and prolonged contact with skin should be avoided. STPP  is listed on the U.S. Environmental 
Protection Agency’s Federal  Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act as a registered pesticide and  it is also registered as an air contaminant under California’s  Occupational and Safety Health Act. The material safety data sheet lists STPP as toxic to the lungs with prolonged exposure having the potential to produce organ damage.  This neuro toxin also has the ability to cause internal inflammation from those suffering from autoimmune diseases.  Inflammation leads to painful flare-ups."   From this site: http://www.yourfibrosupport.com/fibro-relief-blog/side-effects-of-frozen-seafoodtreated-withsodium-tripolyphosphate

It seems that there is one more evil to avoid. It's very hard to eat healthy, when you are on disability. It really is upsetting that even frozen fish which some of them I actually CAN afford, now are off the menu. The list just keeps getting smaller. I would like to point out that I have Candida, so it also means I can't eat things like Lentils or beans and the other gluten-free grains by the bucketfuls. I need to maintain a Paleo type diet. So, that's not cheap. We always have a lot of eggs at home and tuna and what meat I can afford, what is on sale, etc.  

Been considering looking into free range meats and so on but that's not cheap. So, if I go that route, I'd have to split it with a person or two and probably buy a large freezer. Oh god. Just thinking aloud here...

 

I'd really appreciate any and all comments and suggestions. 

Thanks very much for being so kind, L. 

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