The additive that makes cheese spreadable, stops coffee from clumping and preserves salami raises a person’s blood pressure and heart rate, new research suggests.

Consuming food and drinks with the additive phosphate causes the mineral to deposit in a person’s blood vessels, a study found.

Phosphate occurs naturally in many foods, such as meat, fish, nuts and beans, as well as commonly being used as preservative, which means many people exceed the recommended daily limit of 700mg.

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