Acetic Acid Side Effects

Acetic Acid E260 is the main component of vinegar. It appears as a clear, colorless liquid with a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. It is used as a preservative, acidulant, and flavoring agent in mayonnaise and pickles. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Acetic acid E260?

Acetic acid, E260 systematically named ethanoic acid, is a colourless liquid organic compound with the chemical formula CH3COOH (also written as CH3CO2H or C2H4O2). When undiluted, it is sometimes called glacial acetic acid. Acetic acid is often used as table vinegar. It is also used directly as a condiment, and in the pickling of vegetables and other foods.

Possible Side Effects of Acetic acid E260

Although Acetic acid E260 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritation; sensitivity.

GRAS Affirmation: Yes

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Acetic acid is considered safe.

Suggested Dosage


Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Acetic acid populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Acetic acid E260.




Related Research

1. Pickled egg production: effect of brine acetic acid concentration and packing conditions on acidification rate. [J Food Prot. 2014 May] Author: Acosta O, Gao X, Sullivan EK, Padilla-Zakour OI.

2. Vaginal acidity enhancement with a 3% acetic acid gel prior to misoprostol treatment for pregnancy termination in the midtrimester. [Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2012 Dec] Author: Abd-El-Maeboud KH, Ghazy A, Ibrahim A, Hassan N, El-Bohoty A, Gamal-El-Din I.

3. The effect of calendula officinalis in therapy of acetic Acid induced ulcerative colitis in dog as an animal model. [Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2011 Dec] Author: Mehrabani D, Ziaei M, Hosseini SV, Ghahramani L, Bananzadeh AM, Ashraf MJ, Amini A, Amini M, Tanideh N.

4. CT-guided single high-dose percutaneous acetic acid injection for small hepatocellular carcinoma: a long-term follow-up study. [Eur J Radiol. 2012 Jun] Author: Ma H, Liu J, Liu F.

5. Endoscopic technique in endobrachyoesophagus diagnosis: Chromoendoscopy and acetic acid. [Presse Med. 2011 May] Author: Camus M, Coriat R, Gaudric M, Chaussade S.

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