Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in thousands of food products. When sodium benzoate combines with citric acid, it forms benzene which is a known carcinogen. Citric acid naturally occurs in a variety of foods, especially citrus fruits, and is used as a food additive. The FDA allows sodium benzoate to .1 percent in packaged foods. Long-term exposure to benzene causes immune suppression, anemia, and potentially cancer. Watch food labels closely and avoid buying products containing sodium benzoate to lower the risk of cancer.
Benzene is Life Threatening
Take a look at this soda label. In plain site, citric acid and sodium benzoate are found listed together. These two ingredients when combined are devastating in the body. It is vital to take full personal responsibility for food and beverage consumption. Don’t wait for the FDA to change their regulations on toxic chemicals; it might be too late.
“The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.”1
“Benzene is known to cause cancer, based on evidence from studies in both people and lab animals. The link between benzene and cancer has largely focused on leukemia and other cancers of blood cells.”2
“Benzene is recognized by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as carcinogenic to humans, and its presence in foods has been attributed to various potential sources: packaging, storage environment, contaminated drinking water, cooking processes, irradiation processes, and degradation of food preservatives such as benzoates.”3
Clinical Studies with Sodium Benzoate
“Cases of urticaria, asthma, rhinitis, or anaphylactic shock have been reported following oral, dermal, or inhalation exposure to benzoic acid and sodium benzoate. The symptoms appear shortly after exposure and disappear within a few hours, even at low doses.
At 24- and 48-hour incubation time, sodium benzoate concentrations of 2.0 mg/mL increased chromosome break when comparing with the control group (P < 0.05). Sodium benzoate had the mutagenic and cytotoxic toxicity in lymphocytes caused by micronucleus formation and chromosome break.
Sodium benzoate, a common additive in popular beverages, has recently been linked to ADHD.”4
“…frequent consumption of soft drinks and other foods containing benzoate could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus.”5
Soft Drink Statistics
According to the Statistics Portal, the average American consumes 40-45 gallons of soft drinks per year. Another source states that Americans spend over $75 billion dollars a year on soft drinks. Another $190 billion is spent on health care costs relating to obesity of one in three Americans from excessive sugar consumption. Obesity is one risk of consuming too many refined sugars. The harm done to the body’s microbiome is the biggest tragedy.
A healthy microbiome within the body relies on the colonization of a wide variety good bacteria (probiotics). So, consumption of preservatives like sodium benzoate which stifle the growth of bacteria is similar to consuming antibiotics which destroy good bacteria along with bad bacteria when used. Also, some people have allergic reaction to sodium benzoate and other chemicals. Detoxing the body and avoiding toxic chemicals aids in clearing allergic reactions such as skin rashes, headaches, stomachaches, etc. Be safe and avoid hazardous chemical combinations!