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.
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.
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