Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monocalcium Phosphate

Any of various phosphates of calcium. The phosphate CaH4P2O8 used as a fertilizer and in baking powder. The naturally occurring phosphate Ca5(F,Cl,OH,12CO3)(PO4)3 that contains other elements or radicals and is the chief constituent of phosphate rock, bones, and teeth.


Monocalcium phosphate is a particular chemical compound often used as a food additive in numerous processed foods. It is one of two primary ingredients in baking powder, along with baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate). It functions primarily as a leavening agent, as its combination with an alkali or base substance will cause the acidic monocalcium phosphate to react and produce carbon dioxide, which will in turn rise the product.



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