Sodium benzoate, a water-soluble and tasteless salt of benzoic acid, serves as a vital food preservative, primarily in acidic foods and beverages. Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast, and molds, enhancing food safety and extending shelf life. Sodium benzoate is well-known for preserving the flavor and quality of products like salad dressings, carbonated drinks, jams, and pickles. With FDA approval as the first food preservative, it ensures food remains safe and appetizing. Beyond the culinary world, sodium benzoate is a key preservative in cosmetics and medicines, safeguarding their integrity and efficacy.
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Application of Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate can act as a food preservative. It is most widely used in acidic foods such as salad dressings (for example acetic acid in vinegar), carbonated drinks (carbonic acid), jams and fruit juices (citric acid), pickles (acetic acid), condiments, and frozen yogurt toppings. It is also used as a preservative in medicines and cosmetics.