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Disodium Inosinate

Alternate Names

Disodium 5' -inosinate, Sodium 5' -inosinate

Description

A flavor enhancer/intensifier that is almost always used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium guanylate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and is almost always derived from animal origin. Unlike disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate is completely ineffective without MSG.

Disodium Inosinate - Quick Stats
Names

Disodium 5' -inosinate, Sodium 5' -inosinate

Allergy Information

Disodium Guanylate

Uses

Flavoring

E-Number

E631

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). Those who do not consume animal derived foods (such as vegetarians and vegans) should avoid this ingredient.



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

Unknown

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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