BENZOIC ACID & SODIUM BENZOATE

E210, E211, E212, E213, E216, E218

Naturally, Benzoic Acid is an organic compound present in plant and animal tissues, which can also be produced by microorganisms. It protects against yeasts, moulds, and certain types of bacteria and is a naturally occurring chemical found in a range of fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

Synthetically, Benzoic acid and a wide range of derivatives and related benzenic compounds, such as salts, alkyl esters, parabens, benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, and benzoyl peroxide, are commonly used as antibacterial and antifungal preservatives and as flavouring agents in food, cosmetic, hygiene, and pharmaceutical products.

Sodium Benzoate does not occur naturally. It is the sodium salt of benzoic acid, synthesized by combining benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide. Easily soluble and when mixed with water produces benzoic acid. Potentially manufactured from the petrochemical, and human carcinogen, Benzene

As a result of its natural occurrence, synthetic mass production and widespread use, these compounds are largely distributed in the environment and found in water, soil, and air. Consequently, human exposure to them can be high, common, and lengthy.

When sodium benzoate is combined with vitamin C, as in soft drinks, juices and jams, then exposed to high temperatures or light, the cancer-causing chemical Benzene can form. See A-Z Directory for Benzene

It can cause symptoms such as asthma, skin rashes, eczema, itching, gastrointestinal irritation and red eyes.

Below is a list of foods that contain Benzoic Acid NATURALLY

Fruit

Apple, Apricot, Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Grapes (red & grapes), Raisins, Grapefruit, Lemon, lime, Mango, Orange, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Prune, Quince, and Coconut

Vegetables

Rhubarb and Tomatoes

Dairy

Milk (cow & goat), Albumin from cow’s milk

AND the spice, CINNAMON also look for spice extracts, ground cinnamon, mixed spice, cinnamon oil, cinnamal or cinnamic aldehyde on food labels.

Below is a list that may contain Benzoic Acid/Sodium Benzoate E-numbers E210-E219

FOODS

COSMETICS

MOST PROCESSED FOODS

Fruit juices

Soft Drinks

Beers

Salad dressings

Sauces

Pickles

Jams

Jellies

Coconut milk

Cocktail, Glace, & Maraschino cherries

Icings

Chewing gum

Sweets

Ice creams

Margarine

Cheeses

Meats

 

MOST common beauty products

Face creams & cleansers

Medicated face washes

Body moisturisers

Deodorant

Shower gel

Bubblebath

Mouth Wash

Toothpaste

Perfumes

Sunscreens

Makeup

Haircare products

Fungal creams

Insect creams

Eczema creams

Ventolin syrup

Safety & Side Effects

Benzoic acid does have several side effects associated with its use. The highest risk groups for experiencing these side effects include children with an increased level of hyperactivity and behavioural changes. As well as people sensitive to aspirin and people with liver conditions such as hepatitis.

www.livestrong.com/sodium-benzoate