What is sodium Benzoate?

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What is sodium Benzoate?

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Sodium Benzoate is sodium salt of benzoic acid.

Sodium Benzoate is most widely used to preserve food and for use as a pickling agent.

The sodium Benzoate also appears as a white crystalline chemical with the formula C₆H₅COONa.

Sodium benzoate is recognized as being safe and can be used as an antimicrobial agent and flavoring agent in food with maximum usage of 0.1%.

It's also generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used as a preservative in feed

Sodium benzoate is a food preservative while sodium bicarbonate is baking soda, which is commonly used in bakeries.

These two forms are in many foods, but don't have the salty taste; they are often overlooked dietary sources of sodium.

Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid, widely used as a food preservative (with an E number of E211) and a pickling agent.

Sodium benzoate is a preservative that can be found in acidic foods such as salad dressings, carbonated drinks, jams, juices, and condiments.

It is also found in mouthwashes, silver polishes, cough syrups, soaps, and shampoos.
Sodium benzoate is considered safe for human health if it is consumed in amounts of less than 5 mg/kg of body weight per day.

At this level, the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) was established.

Sodium Benzoate is mostly used in acidic foods like as vinegar, fizzy drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid) and pickles (vinegar).

Small trace amounts are naturally found in some foods such as blueberries, apples, cranberries and plums.

MSG is just one type of sodium. Others include sodium chloride (table salt), sodium nitrite, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium saccharin and sodium benzoate.

In Iran, sodium benzoate, natamycin and potassium sorbate are banned in dairy products, even though these preservatives are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

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