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Disodium Guanylate

Alternate Names

Disodium 5' -guanylate, Sodium 5' -guanylate

Description

A flavor enhancer/intensifier that is almost always used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium inosinate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and can be isolated from certain mushrooms, dried fish, and dried seaweed.

Disodium Guanylate - Quick Stats
Names

Disodium 5' -guanylate, Sodium 5' -guanylate

Allergy Information

Disodium Inosinate

Uses

Flavoring

E-Number

E627

Additional Information

Purines are found in such low abundance in foods that there are no recommendations on daily intake or need for labeling (although the need was discussed at one point in time). Disodium guanylate and MSG have a true taste synergism which is very rare according to this study.



Found In

canned foods, sauces, snack foods, cured meat, instant noodles, salad dressing

Possible Health Effects

Those with gout or uric acid kidney stones should limit consumption of purines.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

Researcher Comments

While this additive on its own is relatively benign the fact that it is almost always used in conjunction with MSG dropped it a grade.

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