Want a tip if you need to reset your gut biome? Well, avoid the following.
- Potassium sorbate
- Sodium benzoate
If you carefully read your labels, you’ll see these around. They are commonly found in lots of packaged and fast foods.
These are two food additives that are used too much, and when you are exposed to too much of them, they turn toxic.
In a nutshell, the benzoate breaks down into benzene (toxic) and the sorbate robs your body of L-carnitine.
These preservatives increase bad gut bacteria while decreasing beneficial bacteria. This can have many different effects on the body from Crohn’s disease to inflammation.
Potassium sorbate is a food-grade preservative that has been used for decades. It is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) to preserve food products, and is commonly used in body care products.
So is it really safe? According to OSHA, it’s not.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 documents that potassium sorbate is CONSIDERED A HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE. It may cause SENSITISATION (abnormally sensitive), especially if it comes in contact with your skin.
And they add it to body products?
OSHA lists reactions as irritating to the eyes, the respiratory system, and to the skin. Accidental ingestion of potassium sorbate may be damaging to individual health. And the FDA says it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) to preserve food products?
Potassium sorbate is found in:
- soft drinks
- apple cider
- baked goods
- canned fruits and vegetables
- dried meats
- dried fruit
- ice cream
Sodium benzoate is best known as a preservative used in processed foods and beverages to extend their shelf life. FYI – this is why it’s best to buy fresh or frozen foods.
There are concerns within the FDA that when both vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and sodium benzoate are combined, they form benzene, a known human carcinogen.
Benzene can form when both potassium benzoate and sodium benzoate are combined with vitamin C, so read all your labels carefully when you buy products with vitamin C and potassium benzoate or vitamin C and sodium benzoate in them, like canned fruits or cough drops.
Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in acidic foods such as:
- salad dressings
- carbonated drinks and sodas
- silver polishes
- cough syrups
Why don’t they simply use baking soda as a preservative in acidic products?
Read your labels carefully to protect your gut.
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