Benzoic Acid Side Effects

Benzoic Acid E210 is used as a food preservative. It has a bitter, salty or sour flavor to most people. Benzoic Acid E210 is often used in carbonated beverages, fruit juices, and pickles. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Benzoic Acid E210?

Benzoic Acid E210 is a colorless crystalline solid and the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid. The name derived from gum benzoin, which was for a long time the only source for benzoic acid E210. Its salts are used as a food preservative and benzoic acid is an important precursor for the synthesis of many other organic substances. Benzoic Acid E210 is used in preserving foods, fats, fruit juices, alkaloidal solutions etc. Benzoic Acid E210 is also used as anti microbial agent, bacteriostatic and bactericidal agent in medicines.

Possible Side Effects of Benzoic Acid E210

Although Benzoic Acid E210 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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. Benzoic Acid E210 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 Benzoic Acid E210 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Benzoic Acid E210.


Related Research

1. Identification of novel 2-((1-(benzyl(2-hydroxy-2-phenylethyl)amino)-1-oxo-3-phenylpropan-2-yl)carbamoyl)benzoic acid analogues as BMP-2 stimulators. [J Med Chem. 2012 Oct 11] Author: Balaramnavar VM, Khan IA, Siddiqui JA, Khan MP, Chakravarti B, Sharan K, Swarnkar G, Rastogi N, Siddiqui HH, Mishra DP, Chattopadhyay N, Saxena AK.

2. Augmenting the activity of antifungal agents against aspergilli using structural analogues of benzoic acid as chemosensitizing agents. [Fungal Biol. 2010 Oct] Author: Kim JH, Campbell BC, Mahoney N, Chan KL, Molyneux RJ, Balajee A.

3. Performance of a growth-no growth model for Listeria monocytogenes developed for mayonnaise-based salads: influence of strain variability, food matrix, inoculation level, and presence of sorbic and benzoic acid. [J Food Prot. 2007 Sep] Author: Vermeulen A, Smigic N, Rajkovic A, Gysemans K, Bernaerts K, Geeraerd A, Van Impe J, Debevere J, Devlieghere F.

4. Final report on the safety assessment of Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, and Sodium Benzoate. [Int J Toxicol. 2001] Author: Nair B.

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