Inositol is an organic compound closely related to glucose. Inositol can be found in foods such as bran, nuts, beans and fruit 1. Human breast milk is also a rich source of inositol. Inositol can be synthesized in the body to become essential components of cell membrane phospholipids 2. It is approved for use as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 3.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


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  3. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.