Potassium Sorbate Side Effects

Potassium Sorbate E202 is a white to yellow crystalline powder. It is used as a food preservative because its acidic nature prevents growth of microorganisms. Potassium Sorbate E202 is also used as a replacement for yeast in wine making. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Potassium Sorbate E202?

Potassium Sorbate E202 is the potassium salt of sorbic acid E200 which is pure white in color and has the chemical formula CH3CH=CH-CH=CH-CO2K. It is generally used to inhibit the growing of microbe in food products and can be also be used as a flavor additive. Potassium Sorbate E202 is used in products such as wine, vinegar, salted vegetables, pastries, biscuits, bread, and processed meats.

Possible Side Effects of Potassium Sorbate E202

Although Potassium Sorbate E202 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. Possible side effects: Allergic reactions, Nausea, Diarrhea, Nutrient loss in food.

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 Sorbate E202 is considered safe by FDA.

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Special Populations Precaution

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Potassium Sorbate populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Potassium Sorbate E202.


Related Research

1. A novel RP-HPLC method for simultaneous determination of potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate in soft drinks using C(18) -bonded monolithic silica column. [J Sep Sci. 2011 May 19] Author: Can NO, Arli G, Lafci Y.

2. Sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate preservatives in Iranian doogh. [Food Addit Contam Part B Surveill. 2014] Author: Zamani Mazdeh F, Esmaeili Aftabdari F, Moradi-Khatoonabadi Z, Shaneshin M, Torabi P, Shams Ardekani MR, Hajimahmoodi M.

3. Effect of potassium sorbate on antimicrobial and physical properties of starch-clay nanocomposite films. [Carbohydr Polym. 2014 Sep 22] Author: Barzegar H, Azizi MH, Barzegar M, Hamidi-Esfahani Z.

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