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Flavour Enhancer ( INS 631)

Also Known As : Disodium 5’-inosinate 631, E631


Usage Tips

  1. Flavour enhancer (INS 631) is widely used in instant noodles, potato chips, tinned vegetables, cured meats and packaged soup.

Common names and forms

  1. Flavour Enhancer (631)
  2. Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5'-Inosinate: E631)
  3. Flavour Enhancer (E631)
  4. Permitted Flavour Enhancer (INS 631)


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.



  • 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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