Cutting to the chase: The dangers of Potassium Benzoate are that this chemical has the potential to trigger a range of health complications. Research has indicated that Potassium Benzoate has been linked to:

  • The development of Leukemia
  • Liver aggravation and eventually Cirrhosis, and
  • Parkinson’s disease

Chemical preservatives and additives seem to be all around us. You can’t walk through the middle aisles of a supermarket without being surrounded by a cocktail of baffling chemical names. These are often abbreviated down to numbers and letters that make very little sense. One in particular that appears frequently is Potassium Benzoate, but what are the dangers of Potassium Benzoate, if any?

There are some serious concerns that people are finding they have with substances such as Potassium Benzoate. Years of consuming these types of chemicals can have impacts on your health in a range of ways, and often these show up as gut issues. A colon cleanse may be a good idea if you are looking at diet changes to help flush any toxins out of your body.

Let’s take a quick walk through some basic products you may have in your home and consider the usual suspects as we bring them in to muster. Trust me, Potassium Benzoate is not the only questionable substance that you need to be mindful of, but this is in the first pairing that we will look at. Please note that this is not intended to drum up fear, but to raise awareness. There may be a little shock to what you learn here if you didn’t already know this.

Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate (E211) and Potassium Benzoate (E212) are preservatives which can be found in a range of domestic consumable products such as:

  • Toothpastes
  • Mouthwashes
  • Pickles
  • Soy sauces
  • Flour
  • Salad dressings
  • Margarine
  • Fruit juices
  • Beer, and
  • Some medicines

This is particularly troubling given that Sheffield University cites lab tests which suggest that (as mentioned in the opening) Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate are known to cause:

  • Leukemia
  • Cirrhosis of the liver, and
  • Parkinson’s disease

Sodium Benzoate is also a known to be a trigger for some people with allergies. You can find out more about other studies completed on Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate on PubMed. The dangers of Potassium Benzoate being in products you consume or use in your home are more than concerning.

Sodium Sulfate also known as Sodium Sulphite

Sodium Sulfate is another common food preservative which is more than likely sitting in the products on the shelves of your pantry or fridge. It is quite widely used in the manufacturing of:

  • Dried fruits
  • Corn syrup
  • Canned olives and peppers
  • Vinegar, and
  • Wine

Some of the noted side effects of being exposed to Sodium Sulfate can include:

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Allergies, and
  • Cancer

When you see that side effects of Sodium Sulfate can include cancer it is a pretty strong indication that you might want to consider just what it is that you are putting into your mouth.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene and Butylated Hydroxyanisole

The synthetic preservatives Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) to help processed foods retain their smell, and to stabilize fats. BHT and BHA commonly appear in products such as:

  • Chewing gum
  • Cereals
  • Potato chips and other snack foods
  • Vegetable oil, and
  • Meats

The Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program claims that BHA in particular is ‘reasonably anticipated’ to have carcinogenic properties linked to cancer and other chronic diseases in humans.

Sodium Nitrate

Sodium Nitrate (E250) is a Dangerous Goods and is classed as a Division 5.1 Oxidizing Substance under UN 1498. This regulated chemical is used in the process of curing meats such as ham, beef, bacon, sausage, and bologna.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that it has been linked to chronic liver disease, and can also worsen asthma, and decrease lung function. Animal testing has shown that it has caused high rates of cancer. The Safety Data Sheet, as issued by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, states that ingestion of Sodium Nitrate can result in the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Blue lips or fingernails
  • Blue skin
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions
  • Unconsciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain, and
  • Nausea

These are rather severe when you think about it, however, when compared to the dangers of Potassium Benzoate they do tend to pale in comparison.

Carboxymethyl Cellulose

This is not a naturally occurring ingredient in any food. Manufactured by large companies such as Dow Chemicals, Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) which is packaged and shipped out as WALOCEL. Carboxymethyl Cellulose is a stabiliser which is used in some brands of:

  • Ice cream
  • Cheese
  • Spreads
  • Salad dressings, and
  • Chocolate milks

This has the worrying track record of being capable of producing tumors in mice in an experiment conducted by the National Institute of Health. Other tests had also sown that mice had developed disease after gut microbes were altered.

Being mindful of what is in your food and the products you use around the home matters. Vigilance and conscious decisions will do a lot to protect you from the dangers of Potassium Benzoate and exposure to other nasty substances.

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