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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sodium Benzoate in Club Soda is Carcinogenic

Just learned today that the sodium benzoate added as a preservative to many foods (including soft drinks and club soda) is carcinogenic. It forms benzene in the presence of vitamin C and E, or in an acidic environment—and benzene is a strong carcinogen. The manufacturers of sodium benzoate should be stopped from adding this poisin to soft drinks. There is evidence that benzene can also damage mitochondria (the powerhouse of cells), cause cirrhosis of the liver, and neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson's. (Photo Professor Peter Piper, University of Sheffield)

  2. "Benzene and Sodium Benzoate: Legal Poison The Public Ignores." (Accessed March 13, 2011).
  3. "Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health: Expert links additive to cell damage." Martin Hickman. May 27, 2007. The Independent. (Accessed March 13, 2011).
  4. "Shonky Science Journalism #1: Benzene in soft drink." August 26, 2007. Presenting an alternative view and arguing that the concerns about benzene are somewhat exaggerated. (Accessed March 13, 2011).

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