Potassium Benzoate Side Effects

Potassium benzoate E212 is one of the worst additives used in food and has some major negative health implications. It is important to limit your consumption of this additive.

What Is Potassium Benzoate E212?

Potassium Benzoate E212 is a food preservative that inhibits the growth of mold, yeast and some bacteria. It works best in low-pH products. It is used in acidic foods such as fruit juice (citric acid), sparkling drinks (carbonic acid), soft drinks (Phosphoric Acid), and pickles (vinegar)

Possible Side Effects of Potassium Benzoate E212

Though Potassium Benzoate E212 is regarded as safe supplement, there maybe some side effects:

Possible short-term side effects

  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • hyperactivity

Possible long-term side effects

  • cancer
  • neurodegenerative diseases
  • anemia
  • decreased immunity

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. Potassium Benzoate E212 is considered safe.

Suggested Dosage

NA.

Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Potassium Benzoate E212 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Potassium Benzoate E212.

 

 

Related Research

1. Teratogenic effects of long term consumption of potassium benzoate on eye development in BALB/c fetal mice. [Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2013 Apr] Author: Afshar M, Moallem SA, Khayatzadeh J, Shahsavan M.

2. Teratogenic effects of long term consumption of potassium benzoate on eye development in BALB/c fetal mice. [Iran J Basic Med Sci. 2013 Apr] Author: Afshar M, Moallem SA, Khayatzadeh J, Shahsavan M.

3. The evaluation of the genotoxicity of two food preservatives: sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate. [Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Apr] Author: Zengin N, Yüzbaşıoğlu D, Unal F, Yılmaz S, Aksoy H.

4. Response characteristics of rat taste cells to potassium benzoate. [Comp Biochem Physiol A Comp Physiol. 1983] Author: Sato T, Beidler LM.

5. Receptor potential of rat taste cell to potassium benzoate. [Experientia. 1979 Sep 15] Author: Sato T, Beidler LM.