Calcium Benzoate (E213) – Overview, Uses, Side Effects & More

Additive Summary Calcium Benzoate (E213)
Essence Calcium Benzoate is a synthetic preservative (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic) appearing as white or colorless crystals and is effective only in slightly acidic products.
Names Benzoic Acid Calcium Salt, Calcium Salt of Benzoic Acid, Calcium Dibenzoate, Monocalcium Benzoate, CAS 2090-05-3, E213, Calcium Benzoate, and others.
Sourcing  Commercially, it most likely is created out of either Calcium Hydroxide or Calcium Carbonate (limestone).
Manufacturing As far as the manufacturing process of the additives goes, it is likely created by, basically, just throwing together the Calcium Hydroxide and Benzoic Acid. If, however, it is created by involving also a reaction with Calcium Carbonate out of limestone, the potential for contamination with Aluminum exists.
Application Preservative (synthetic, water-soluble).
Acceptable Daily Intake It’s said to be safe in amounts up to 5 milligrams for every kilogram of body weight. But that’s likely not the reality.
Side Effects It can likely have all the same effects on people as Potassium Benzoate (E212) or Sodium Benzoate (E211). Meaning, it can be the culprit of severe allergic reactions, insomnia, hyperactivity, dizziness, anemia, neurodegenerative diseases, inhibit immune function, and even cause cancer, ADHD, and DNA damage. Potentially, the fact that it can also be contaminated with Aluminum brings another set of potential issues to the table.
Benefits None.
Studies Less than 10 studies on Pubmed. No studies on safety.
Allergens None.
Diet Restrictions None.
Health Knight Assessment (Extremely) Likely Harmful. | Category 4 Additive.
Products Calcium Benzoate is not nearly as prominent in foods as some of the other alternatives. However, it can still be found in soft drinks, pastries, bread, fruit juices, soy milk, sauces, vinegar, margarine, dressings, olives, canned meat products, cheesecakes, pickled cucumbers and olives, syrups, soy sauce, sweets, caviar, and others.

Calcium Benzoate (E213) Side Effects Can Likely Happen Pickled Olives Can Also Have The Additive

Muffins Sometimes Do Use This PreservativeCalcium Salt of Benzoic Acid Can Be Found With Caviar As Well

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