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Benzene In Your Food

Sodium Benzoate – look at your soda, fruit drinks, diet drinks, packaged foods – most will contain sodium Benzoate.

If you wish to skip the articles below, go straight to the bottom where the highlight says “Industrial preparation is now cheaply made
from toluene”, then go to the last bit extracted from wikipedia and see what you are really eating.



Sodium benzoate, also known as benzoate of sodium, is the sodium salt of benzoic acid.  It is a polyunsaturated fat.

Physical and Chemical Properties

appearance- white granules or crystalline powder
odor- odorless
solubility- soluble in water (1gm/ 2mL water)
density- 1.44
boiling point- not applicable
melting point- >300oC (>572oC)

chemical compound, C6H5CO2Na,

Sodium benzoic, as well as benzoic acid are completely SAFE, and like the preservative, potassium sorbate(sorbic acid), have been labelled SAFE by the leading food additive authority, Dr. Michael Jacobsen, founder and president of Center for Science in the Public Interest. In 1954 Dr. W.H. Stein reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society that benzoate is a natural metabolite of the human body. Because commercial sodium benzoate is today made in laboratories, it has sometimes been banned by certain entities in the health food industry, there is no scientific basis for any claim that benzoate is unhealthful. It is a substance natural to the body’s own metabolism, and in this respect is no difference in its functioning as a preservative than vinegar (acetic acid).

Sodium benzoate has been the subject of extensive experimentation: it has been tested in longitudinal and short-term feeding experiements in man, dogs, and rats. In one experiment in Germany, four generations of rats were continuously exposed to 0.05 or 1 percent sodium benzoate in their diet. Scientists did not observe any harmful effects on growth, life span, or internal organs. No tumors were detected. All evidence points to sodium benzoate as a safe preservative, except for rare instances of allergic reaction.”


Research from Sheffield University, U.K., into a common food and drink
preservative suggests that it can damage DNA
. Sodium benzoate, a mold
inhibiter commonly found in Pepsi, Coke, Sprite, other soft drinks,
pickles, and sauces, is the culprit.

Peter Piper, professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, who has
been working on sodium benzoate since 1999, tested sodium benzoate on
living yeast cells. He was alarmed to find that it damaged their
mitochondria’s DNA.

Concerned, Piper made his research public, telling British newspaper,
The Independent, on Sunday, May 27: “These chemicals have the ability
to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that
they totally inactivate it – they knock it out altogether.”

“The mitochondria consume the oxygen to give you energy, and if you
damage it – as happens in a number of diseased states – then the cell
starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of
diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA – Parkinson’s
and quite a lot of neurodegenerative diseases, but above all, the whole
process of aging.”

Sodium benzoate occurs naturally in cranberries, apples, milk products,
cinnamon, and cloves. According to, sodium benzoate
occurring naturally in foods is about 40 mg/kg. Used as a preservative,
it is about 2,000 mg/kg. Historically, benzoic acid came from a dry
distillation of gum benzoin. Industrial preparation is now cheaply made
from toluene. Sodium benzoate is made from benzoic acid.”


“Toluene, also known as methylbenzene, or Toluol, is a clear water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, redolent of the sweet smell of the related compound benzene. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial feedstock and as a solvent. Like other solvents, toluene is also used as an inhalant drug for its intoxicating properties; however this causes severe neurological harm.”



August 24, 2009 - Posted by | Healthy Alert

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