TEHRAN (FNA)- The phosphates, frequently found in processed foods, are responsible for placing individuals at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the commonly-used food additive accelerates the growth rate of lung tumors in mice.
The South Korean study revealed that a diet rich in inorganic phosphates interferes with the body's cell signaling systems, leading to uncontrolled cell proliferation in lung tissue.
Scientists concluded that high intake of inorganic phosphates stimulates the development of lung cancer and accelerates its growth rate.
Phosphates are an essential nutrient for living organisms. Adding these compounds to natural and processed foods such as meat and cheese not only improves their texture and ability to retain water but also enriches their calcium and iron content.