The reason for the addition of sugar to Cheerios, actually in small doses compared with other cereals, is obvious. But why is corn starch added, and why is it modified? Nobody likes soggy cereal, and a thin layer of modified starch sprayed onto the little “O”s helps keep the interior dry.
Tripotassium phosphate (Chemical formula: K3PO4) is an ionic salt that dissolves in water. It is utilized as an additive in various foods, due to its properties as a foaming agent, whipping agent and emulsifier. In poultry processing, it can be an antimicrobial agent in conjunction with fatty acids.