University Chemistry ›› 2020, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (11): 30-36.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202005070

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Phosphorus in Daily Food: Food Additive Containing Phosphorus

Yan Liu1,*(), Yufen Zhao1,2   

  1. 1 Key Laboratory for Chemical Biology of Fujian Province, Department of Chemical Biology, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian Province, P. R. China
    2 Institute of Drug Discovery Technology, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, Zhejiang Province, P. R. China
  • Received:2020-05-26 Accepted:2020-06-23 Published:2020-07-06
  • Contact: Yan Liu


Phosphorus is the 15th element of the Group V in the third cycle in the periodic table of elements. It plays very important roles in our daily life, involving life, medicine, health, environment, materials, agriculture, etc. It is also indispensable in our daily diet. In this paper, food additives containing phosphorus were introduced in detail, focusing on their main types, application and safety evaluation. Through the discussion about food additives containing phosphorus, we wish to help the readers to have a scientific and fair understanding and comments for food additives.

Key words: Phosphorus, Food additive