Originally Posted by DriverWild
Phosphates are used in hotdogs, cleaning products and enemas
if that tells you anything...
That says absolutely nothing.
The reason people add phospates to their Que is to replace the phospates that are lost after the animal was slaughtered.
Phosphorus is an essential mineral in all living things, and is critical to each cell's ability to store and convert energy. Like most nutrients, some phosphorus is continually lost during normal biological processes and must be replenished. In combination with calcium, an ongoing phosphorus supply (in the form of phosphates) is essential to maintaining healthy bones and teeth and proper blood chemistry. Phosphates have been used safely for over 100 years. The European Union’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies assessed food phosphates in 2005, within its ongoing studies of vitamins and minerals. The Committee concluded that there is no evidence of adverse effects. Food phosphates have been used safely for over 100 years.
Phosphates are used in a wide range of processed meat, poultry and seafood in which they perform several functions. Phosphates improve the retention of natural fluids in the animal muscle that would otherwise be lost in the death of the animal. They also act as protein solubilizers to aid in binding processed meats. Their presence results in improved texture, flavor and color.