You’ve committed to the Whole30 program, you’re going strong, and you REFUSE to screw up. Right? At the beginning of the Whole30 program, you’re learning what to consume, and what to completely avoid altogether. A big question a lot of people have is about Whole30 Sodium Phosphate… is it a yea or a nay?
Sodium Phosphate Whole30 compliant, yes (but don’t go crazy with it)
Sodium Phosphate is broken down to “salt of sodium” and “phosphate”. You find sodium phosphate additives in things like processed cheeses (which is a no-go for Whole30-ers), and it’s also used as a thickening agent, and leavening agent for breads. Sodium Phosphate’s job? To control pH.
If you are on the Whole30 diet, you can consume sodium phosphate, because sodium phosphate is Whole30 compliant, but do so in moderation. It’s not necessarily “good for you”, but it does align with the Whole30 compliancy rules. Personally, I try to just avoid sodium phosphate altogether.
If you are trying to avoid it, it can be done! The most common products Whole30-ers shop for with this added sodium phosphate is canned meat (like tuna and chicken), as well as bacon.
There is a sodium phosphate-free tuna that I would recommend purchasing rather than consuming that additive, called Wild Planet Tuna (I buy mine online because they’re hard to find in-store).
If you are trying to find bacon without sodium phosphate on the label, this can be tricky, since purchasing it online isn’t really an option (unless you buy in bulk, you’ll be paying a high price). I have found this ingredient in almost every uncured bacon. There are some brands, however, that do not have sodium phosphate in the ingredient. If you’re concerned about it, I would check with local health food stores and just read through the ingredients.
There are 3 brands of Whole30 approved bacon: U.S. Wellness Meats, Pederson’s Farms Bacon, and sometimes Prosciutto (just make sure you read the labels for added sugars).
To sum it all up — Whole30 Sodium Phosphate, is it compliant?
Yes, sodium phosphate is Whole30 compliant, but needs to be consumed in moderation.