Another Reason to Read Food Labels

Fish baked in curried coconut milkI have a recipe for fish baked in curried coconut milk that we just love.  It turns cheap frozen fish fillets into a expensive tasting meal.

I make it often.  I made it yesterday for supper and it was great.  (I ate the leftover sauce, all of it, oink, oink.)

Click here for my recipe.

Then suffered for my gluttony.  Drenching night sweats, and this morning my lower legs and ankles are swollen.  I should have read the fish label.  Silly me, I thought frozen fish fillets were, like, frozen fish fillets.  WRONG!

Raw Frozen Basa Fillet contains: Pangasius  (Basa, I assume), sodium-tripolyphosphate, salt and water. 

Time for an internet search!

Wikepdia:  (click to read more) 

Sodium triphosphate (STP, sometimes STPP or sodium tripolyphosphate or TPP,[1]) is an inorganic compound with formula Na5P3O10. It is the sodium salt of the polyphosphate penta-anion, which is the conjugate base of triphosphoric acid. It is produced on a large scale as a component of many domestic and industrial products, especially detergents. Environmental problems associated with eutrophication are attributed to its widespread use.

Wisegeek  (click to read more)

Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) is a chemical that has many uses in industry, ranging from an ingredient in cleaning products to a food preservative. Also known by alternate names like pentasodium salt or triphosphoric acid, the substance falls into the classification Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS), which means that past use of the chemical has presented no risk to health. It can also be found in some paints and ceramic products, among other uses. (click this link for an informative PDF)

You want to know what’s in your food, and this is especially true when it comes to fresh seafood. Unfortunately, the fish fillet you see in the store may have been treated with a chemical called sodium tripolyphosphate. This much-debated additive can make expired products appear firmer and glossier, and could dupe you
into buying old or spoiled fish that could make you sick. Worse yet, exposure to the chemical itself could also be harmful for your health.
frozen fish fillets, beforeThis reaction, and this information sure reminds me that I need to read food labels  BEFORE I eat it, not after.  After might be too late.
Have you experienced any after effects after eating certain ingredients?
I’d love to hear your views on this controversial subject.


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