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Applications & Uses of Sodium benzoate

03/04/2016 admin

Sodium benzoate, also known as E211, is a widely used food preservative produced by mixing benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide. It is a common preservative in processed foods and soft drinks. Benzoic acid can be found naturally at low levels in cranberries, prunes, greengage plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples. As a food additive, sodium benzoate is bacteriostatic and fungistatic under acidic conditions. It is most widely used in acidic foods such as salad dressings (vinegar), carbonated drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid), pickles (vinegar), and condiments. It is also used as a preservative in medicines and cosmetics. Concentration as a preservative is limited by the FDA in theU.S.to 0.1% by weight.

 

Sodium Benzoate Used in Foods & Beverages

Sodium benzoate is a common preservative in processed foods and soft drinks. Benzoic acid can be found naturally at low levels in cranberries, prunes, greengage plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves, and apples. As a food additive, sodium benzoate is bacteriostatic and fungistatic under acidic conditions. It is most widely used in acidic foods such as salad dressings (vinegar), carbonated drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid), pickles (vinegar), and condiments.

 

Sodium Benzoate Used in Other Applications

Sodium benzoate is used as a treatment for urea cycle disorders due to its ability to bind amino acids. Sodium benzoate is used to treat hyperammonemia. Sodium benzoate has been shown to halt the progression of Parkinson's in mice. Sodium benzoate is also used in fireworks as a fuel in whistle mix, a powder that emits a whistling noise when compressed into a tube and ignited.