Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631) is a sodium salt of inosinic acid, which is a natural acid, mainly present in animals. It is commercially prepared from meat or fish (specifically sardines). It may also be produced by bacterial fermentation of sugar. Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631) is a colorless to white crystal or crystalline powder. Its main purpose is to strongly enhance the flavours of the food to which it is added. This also helps to bring down the amount of salt needed in that product. Many a times, Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631) is used, in combination with monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sometimes in combination with flavor enhancer INS 627 (disodium guanylate) to provide the umami taste in packaged food products and in fast foods.
Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631) consumption may cause lack of sensation or numbness.(1) It is considered unsafe for babies and children, as well as unadvisable for pregnant and lactating mothers.(2) It is best avoided by asthmatics and specially people suffering from gout as Flavour Enhancer (INS 631) on consumption gets metabolised to purines, thus worsening gout condition.(3)
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