Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Chemical Of The Week - Sodium Benzoate

Chemical Information:
Sodium Benzoate has the chemical formula NaC6H5CO2; it is a widely used food preservative, with E number E211. It is the sodium salt of benzoic acid and exists in this form when dissolved in water. It can be produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid. - Wikipedia, Profile of Sodium Benzoate 

Health Effects: 
Sodium Benzoate are often added to milk and meat products, these preservatives are used in many foods, including drinks, low-sugar products, cereals and meats. Both temporarily inhibit the proper functioning of digestive enzymes and cause headaches, stomach upset, asthma attacks and hyperactivity in children. - Physics.org 

Sodium Benzoate is a known carcinogenic additive which, when eaten or applied to the skin, gets transported to the liver, where it is supposed to be filtered, and expelled in urine, but the damage gets done before that process is completed. Sodium benzoate chokes out your body's nutrients at the DNA cellular level by depriving mitochondria cells of oxygen, sometimes completely shutting them down. Just as humans need oxygen to breathe, cells need oxygen to function properly and to fight off infection, including cancer. - Natural News 

Sodium Benzoate is a commonly found preservative in such food and drink products as fruit juice, soft drinks, coffee flavoring syrups, as well as a variety of condiments. Although the FDA has previously classified sodium benzoate as a safe preservative, this classification is now being questioned. It appears that sodium benzoate forms a chemical known as benzene when in the presence of vitamin C. Benzene not only causes damage to DNA, the genetic material, it’s also a known carcinogen and appears to play a role in a variety of diseases due to it’s DNA damaging capabilities. - Eyeopening.com 

Sodium Benzoate (aka Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid or Parahydroxy Benzoate) is used as a preservative. Implicated in a wide variety of health problems including testicular cancer, cell mutation, and other cancers. - Qnorganic.com 

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