• The video above shows the affects of a patient exposed to benzene and thus why the FDA began regulations on benzene…

After doing research, I learned that benzoic acid was commonly used in the 1980’s as sodium benzoate in food preservatives, medical uses such as antiseptics and mediation preparation and of course tobacco to name a few.

Today is a different story… one would assume but nope, it’s still in all the products as mentioned in the beginning paragraph, probably same quantity with the minor change of concentrated orange juice and margarine to name a few… and they’re required to have less than 1% of sodium benzoate. Thats it.

Resources: https://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/foodadditivesingredients/ucm091048.htm

This is a big problem… In the hypothetical world, one would assume either the public would know the dangers or the dangers would be controlled… nope, nope, thats not how this works.

Honestly, anyone can drink orange juice and some food or drink that just happens to have the common food preservative of sodium benzoate… and bam… another case of leukemia.

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The last interesting I found out is the self life… It’s a preservative right? According to Abiodun A Adeola and Ogugua C Aworh article, the storage life with or without preservatives for tamarind indicates that sodium benzoate yielded lower preservation of the beverage by 2-8 days compared to having no preservatives.

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951547/
  • https://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/foodadditivesingredients/ucm091048.htm
  • https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@[email protected]+696
  • http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/cicad/cicad26_rev_1.pdf

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