Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sodium Benzoate and DNA damage

I have mentioned before about my reservations towards aspartame and recently there was that aspartame experiment on rats. There is a good list of aspartame side effects and some of the various articles here: Aspartame.

A fellow low carber Cleo shared her experiences recently as well: No More Aspartame For Me.

However one thing I ponder is if some of the reactions people report due to aspartame could also be tied to another additive, sodium benzoate. Sodium benzoate is very common in soft drinks, and other acidic items such as fruit juices, salad dressings, sauces and vinegar as well as cosmetics and mouth wash and has been linked to hyperactivity in children and DNA damage amongst other things as well as being thought to interact with other additives, E211 Revealed: Evidence highlights new fear over drinks additive

With that said, there is some good news that I wanted to share this article and a quote: Diet Coke to drop additive in DNA damage fear:

Coca-Cola is phasing out a controversial additive that has been linked to damage to DNA and hyperactivity in children.

Sodium benzoate, also known as E211, is used to stop fizzy drinks going mouldy.

Coca-Cola said it had begun withdrawing the additive from Diet Coke in January in response to consumer demand for more natural products.

By the end of the year no can or bottle will contain E211.
Lets hope they don't replace it with something equally as bad or worse!


Carol Bardelli said...

I'm with you on the aspartame. I wary of any "foods" with artificial sweeteners.

To me the bigger issue is relying on "low carb" diet foods that are not whole foods. If eating desserts and drinking soda are unhealthy why do we think it's better to eat substitutes? The substitutes are not any healthier even if they have less calories or carbs.

Great post!

Sue said...

There was a post recently on Natural News regarding Australian Herbs replacing Sodium Benzoate.
"(NaturalNews) An inventor has developed a blend of native Australian herbs that he says functions as an effective preservative for foods and beverages, and can be used to replace artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate."

Jake said...

Sherrie - I know this post is a bit old now, however I wanted to point out something else which is very important. If you are a seafood lover, like I am, please take note of the number of fish that are frozen with sodium benzoate as well. In particular, I have found it very difficult in North America to get frozen shrimp (prawns) without this nasty stuff. Not only does it have negative health affects, but it ruins the taste of your food as well. Most people I know don't know what shrimp actually tastes like! Keep up the good work.