E211 additive switches off parts of DNA

This weekend The Independent newspaper reported on a recent soft drinks research, which reveals some brands may cause serious health damage.

“Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.

The problem – more usually associated with ageing and alcohol abuse – can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Concerns centre on the safety of E211, known as sodium benzoate, a preservative used for decades by the £74bn global carbonated drinks industry. Sodium benzoate derives from benzoic acid. It occurs naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks such as Sprite, Oasis and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.” ~ in The Independent

Make sure you make a mental note of E211 right beside aspartame and mono sodium glutamate.


~ by Ant. on 28 May 2007.

One Response to “E211 additive switches off parts of DNA”

  1. Thank you for your interesting story!
    I thought perhaps you may also find this related discussion interesting to you:
    Longevity Science: Soft Drinks Linked to Aging ?

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