What is INS 631?
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. However, it may also be produced by bacterial fermentation of sugar. Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631) is a colorless to white crystal or crystalline powder.
What does it do?
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.
Where is it used?
Flavor enhancer INS 631 is widely used in instant noodles, potato chips, tinned vegetables, cured meats and packaged foods.
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