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Sodium Benzoate

Also Known As : E 211, INS 211


Usage Tips

  1. Sodium Benzoate can be used as a preservative in acidic foods such as salad dressing, carbonated drinks, pickles, condiments.

Common names and forms

  1. Class I Preservative (INS 211)
  2. Class II Preservative (211)
  3. Class II Preservative (E211)
  4. Class II Preservatives (INS 211)
  5. E211
  6. Permitted Class II Preservative (E211)
  7. Permitted Class II Preservative (INS 211)
  8. Permitted Preservative (INS211)
  9. Permitted Preservative (Sodium benzoate)
  10. Preservative (211)
  11. Preservative (E211)
  12. Preservative E211
  13. Presevative (INS 211)
  14. Sodium Benzoate (E211)
  15. Sodium Benzoate (INS 211)
  16. Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)
  17. Sodium Benzonate (Preservative) E211
  18. Stabilizer E211


Sodium Benzoate is a sodium salt of benzoic acid. It is a white colour powdered salt which is produced by reacting sodium hydroxide and benzoic acid. It is soluble in water and widely used as a food preservative.

Health benefits

  • Sodium Benzoate has anti-inflammatory properties that help to decrease inflammation.(1)

Selection Guide

Check for the "use-by" date on its packaging of Sodium Benzoate.


Sodium Benzoate can cause headache, fainting, blurred vision, chest pain, slowed heartbeat and slurred speech. It can also cause blue colouring of lips and blood vomiting.(2)

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