Well it's finally official. The bad news is that it doesn't seem to have a cure. Unfortunately, Sodium Benzoate is prevalent all through the food and "entertainment" food and drink industries. Turns out that what was considered a product that was safe and left our bodies within 4-6 hours, leaves behind some potential nasty damage- on the bio-molecular level. And here we are giving it to children. Start the damage when they're young and they get problems developing, which could pop up at any time in their lives.
Soft drink additive damages DNA: report
"These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether," Prof Piper told The Independent on Sunday.
The findings came from laboratory tests conducted with sodium benzoate on living yeast cells. Prof Piper was alarmed by the chemical's destructive impact on the "power station" of the cells known as the mitochondria.
"The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it — as happens in a number [o]f diseased states — then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously," Prof Piper continued.
"There is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA — Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of ageing."
Piper has done 8 years research on this and arrived at these conclusions.
It 's found in all kinds of products- you can google and be amazed. Bottom line- don't feed your kids lots of pop or processed foods- check if it's used in the pop and foods you buy. The net has sites listing most ingredients.
Benzene is formed by a reaction of two soft drink ingredients -- ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and either sodium or potassium benzoate.
Here's some of the drinks it's in.
Partial List of Soft Drinks Containing Ascorbic Acid and Potassium or Sodium Benzoate
Country Time Lemonade
Crystal Light Sunrise Classic Orange, Twist, Vanilla, Wild Cherry
Diet RockStar Energy Drink
Fanta - Orange, Pineapple
Fruit20 Plus 10 Natural Apple
Giant Fruity Punch Cooler
Hawaiian Punch - Fruit Juicy Red, Lemonade
HiC Blast - Berry Blue, Fruit Pow, Orange Super Nova
Koolaid Jammers - Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Grape, Orange
Koolaid Jammers 10 - Cherry, Kiwi, Strawberry, Tropical Punch
Lo-Carb Monster Energy
Minute Maid – Tropical Citrus
Mug Root Beer
Pepsi Twist Lemon, Vanilla
RockStar Energy Drink
Check out this guy who rates products and travels around America to get, just so precisely, the pop he desires.
Even gives the ingredients, but no warnings- yet.
How about the beer and wine industry- http://www.thefoodass.com/2006/08/03/whats-in-my-beer/
Read the comments and see what AB says about their Bud. I personally love German beers.