Would you like a side of sodium benzoate with that?

May 22, 2011

Sodium benzoate is one of these food additives that have been deemed safe by the FDA and other regulatory agencies, but a little chemistry 101 clearly demonstrates that is it not the case.

According to Dr Piper, PhD, sodium benzoate increases free radical production in the body and damages DNA’s mitochondria. What does that mean? The mitochondria uses oxygen to give us energy. When that process is jeopardized, the cells start to malfunction.  Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have been tied to that type of DNA damage. It also leads to accelerated aging, liver damage, hives and asthma, and allergic reactions in both kids and adults.

It is used as a food additive to eliminate the risks of fungus or bacteria in the food supply.
Sodium benzoate is added to an array of foods and drinks that line up our supermarket shelves: sodas, fruit juices, lemonade mixes, salad dressings, condiments, pickles, even some vitamins….

It has been clearly proven to mimic ADHD and ADD symptoms in otherwise healthy children.

Once sodium benzoate is mixed with vitamin C, as in fruit juices, it turns into a deadly chemical called benzene. When these bottles and cans are stored in warm environments, a warehouse or in your car on a hot day,  the benzene levels increase even more. Benzene is a cancer causing chemical, but it can also cause dizziness, headaches, increased heart rate to name just a few.

I hope that this will make the case, if nothing else, for leaving that soda can on the shelf….
Great food is not laden with chemicals, it tastes good, and it does spoil…We would not dream of keeping fresh vegetables in our fridge for a year. It can’t be all that great if it has been sitting on a shelf or in warehouse for months.

With that said, now I am going out to plant my garden!