Sodium Benzoate Granules (Food Grade)
Sodium Benzoate is a food additive used as preservative in acidic food and drinks – mostly those with a pH of less than 5.
Added as an anti-fungal, it is used to balance the pH inside individual cells, raising the overall acidity of the product and creating an environment in which it is more difficult for fungi to grow. These fungi can invade food and cause it to spoil, dramatically reducing its shelf life.
Sodium Benzoate is the sodium salt form of benzoic acid, and is synthesized by reacting benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide. Sodium Benzoate is also known as E211. While sodium benzoate must be manufactured, benzoic acid is found naturally in certain foods such as apples, prunes, plums, greengages, cloves and certain berries.
What is it used for
Many soft drinks contain Sodium Benzoate as both a preservative, and to enhance the flavour effect of their high-fructose corn syrup. Sodium Benzoate is most commonly added to acidic foods like cider vinegars, pickles, condiments, jams and conserves, and soy sauce to control mold, bacteria, yeasts, and other microbes. Sodium benzoate interferes with their ability to make energy. Because Sodium Benzoate only converts to benzoic acid in acidic environments, it is not used for its anti-microbial action unless the pH is below about 3.6.
Sodium Benzoate is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in automotive anti-freeze products.
Sodium Benzonate is a very cost effective product.
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