There are many people who think that Sodium Benzoate is very toxic, but in fact it is extremely safe for human health. Therefore, today it is widely applied in many different areas of life. If you don’t believe me, read the article below.
1. Composition of Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Benzoate has the scientific formula C6H5COONa, this is a white salt, odorless and soluble in water. In fact, it is one of 29 additives used in food. Because its main effect is to kill mold and bacteria.
In addition to the pharmaceutical form that is artificially prepared from chemicals, this substance also occurs in some natural fruits such as blueberries, peaches, plums, grapes, apples and cloves in very small concentrations from about 10 to 10 days. up to 20mg/kg.
In the past 10 years, there have been many opinions that this substance is potentially toxic. However, to this day it is still allowed by the World Health Organization to be circulated. Because we cannot deny its role in food preservation. Moreover, when in public opinion arose a controversy about the toxicity of Sodium Benzoate affecting human health, scientists stepped in and did a series of studies on cats, rats, and cattle. but they all found it very normal, they all developed healthy after eating food mixed with a small amount of this substance.
Not only that, in 2006, the UK Food Administration tested over 150 batches of soft drinks containing Sodium Benzoate, but all found no abnormalities or carcinogenicity as some comments confirmed. . However, they also recommend that if used in excess, it will cause side effects for people such as causing allergies and ADHD syndrome, thereby increasing hyperactivity in children. It also means that if used in a small enough amount, it will be completely harmless to humans. Specifically, in food should only use about 0.05% of the total weight of the product.
2. Application of Sodium Benzoate in industry
The first application of Sodium Benzoate that we see most often, it is used in the preservation of foods such as confectionery, jams, fruit juices, carbonated soft drinks, sauces, meat soups, cereals. , sauces, fermented milk and coffee.
In addition, it is also used in small amounts in toothpaste, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
Today, people also extract Sodium Benzoate from the composition of blueberries to make some drugs capable of treating urinary tract infections. Not only that, Sodium Benzoate is also used to prepare a number of drugs to treat diseases such as dermatitis, impaired liver metabolism,
With what the article has just shared, you probably already know about Sodium Benzoate, right? If you have any questions about its safety, please contact us – Viet Nhat Chemical Company. We are ready to answer for you.