Impact of phosphorus-based food additives on bone and mineral metabolism

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  • Context: Phosphorus-based food additives can substantially increase total phosphorus intake per day, but the effect of these additivesonendocrine factors regulatingboneandmineral metabolism is unclear. Objective: This study aimed to examine the effect of phosphorus additives on markers of bone and mineral metabolism. Design and Setting, and Participants: This was a feeding study of 10 healthy individuals fed a diet providing ∼1000 mg of phosphorus/d using foods known to be free of phosphorus additives for 1 week (low-additive diet), immediately followed by a diet containing identical food items; however, the foods contained phosphorus additives (additive-enhanced diet). Parallel studies were conducted in animals fed low-(0.2%) and high-(1.8%) phosphorus diets for 5 or 15 weeks. Main Outcome Measures: The changes in markers of mineral metabolism after each diet period were measured. Results: Participants were 32 ± 8 years old, 30% male, and 70% black. The measured phosphorus content of the additive-enhanced diet was 606 ± 125 mg higher than the low-additive diet (P < .001). After 1 week of the low-additive diet, consuming the additive-enhanced diet for 1 week significantly increased circulating fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), osteopontin, and osteocalcin concentrations by 23, 10, and 11%, respectively, and decreased mean sclerostin concentrations (P < .05 for all). Similarly, high-phosphorus diets in mice significantly increased blood FGF23, osteopontin and osteocalcin, lowered sclerostin, and decreased bone mineral density (P < .05 for all). Conclusions: The enhanced phosphorus content of processed foods can disturb bone and mineral metabolism in humans. The results of the animal studies suggest that this may compromise bone health.
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  • Gutiérrez OM; Luzuriaga-McPherson A; Lin Y; Gilbert LC; Ha SW; Beck GR
  • Start Page

  • 4264
  • End Page

  • 4271
  • Volume

  • 100
  • Issue

  • 11