Sorbic Acid Side Effects

 Sorbic acid E200, or 2,4-hexadienoic acid, is used as a food preservative. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.

What Is Sorbic Acid E200?

Sorbic Acid E200 is used as a food preservative. Sorbic acid and its salts, such as sodium sorbate, potassium sorbate, and calcium sorbate, are antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast, and fungi. Sorbic acid E200 is used in many foods, such as cheeses and breads.

Possible Side Effects of Sorbic Acid E200

Though Sorbic Acid E200 is regarded as safe supplement, there maybe some side effects:

  • Diarrhea
  • dizziness or faintness (with the injection only)
  • flushing or redness of skin
  • headache
  • increase in urination (mild)
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • 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. Sorbic Acid E200 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 Sorbic Acid E200 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Sorbic Acid E200.

Related Research

1. Sorbic acid and acetic acid have distinct effects on the electrophysiology and metabolism of Bacillus subtilis. [Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Jul 18] Author: van Beilen JW, Teixeira de Mattos MJ, Hellingwerf KJ, Brul S.

2. Sorbic acid stress activates the Candida glabrata high osmolarity glycerol MAP kinase pathway. [Front Microbiol. 2013 Nov 26] Author: Jandric Z, Gregori C, Klopf E, Radolf M, Schüller C.

3. Derivatization following hollow-fiber microextraction with tetramethylammonium acetate as a dual-function reagent for the determination of benzoic acid and sorbic acid by GC. [J Sep Sci. 2013 Jul] Author: Sun Y, Wang X, Huang Y, Pan Z, Wang L.

4. Simultaneous determination of EDTA, sorbic acid, and diclofenac sodium in pharmaceutical preparations using high-performance liquid chromatography. [AAPS PharmSciTech. 2013 Jun] Author: Heydari R, Shamsipur M, Naleini N.

5. Detection of sorbic acid in food by homemade micro-spectrometer analytical system. [Guang Pu Xue Yu Guang Pu Fen Xi. 2012 Aug] Author: Chuan N, Xu Y, Chen G, Wen ZQ, He L, Wen ZY.

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