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Potassium Chloride

Description

A white, odorless, crystalline powder prepared from minerals or extracted from salt water. It is soluble in water has a salty taste at low concentration levels. Used for a variety of functions including flavoring, as a nutrient, stabilizing, thickening and to improve the fermentation process in beer brewing.

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Allergy Information

Uses

Gelling Agent, Flavoring, Nutrient, Thickener

E-Number

E508

Additional Information

Potassium is needed for basic body function and Potassium Chloride is often used to replenish the body in medical settings (either orally or intravenously). Can be used as a substitute for Sodium Chloride and Salt due to its salty flavor and is therefore found in many low-sodium foods. Used in combination with Xanthan Gum.



Found In

jam, frozen desserts, infant formula, beer, ale, low-sodium foods, processed meats, cereal, margarine, fruit preserves, jelly

Possible Health Effects

Those with renal disease or sensitivities to potassium should avoid. In large doses, potassium toxicity can cause cardiovascular effects, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting. Used in extremely high concentrations in lethal injections to cause death.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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