For you avid label readers out there, you’ve seen this ingredient in more food and body products than you can remember:
But what is sodium benzoate? And why is Bare Living drawing so much attention to this one commonly-used ingredient?
A Simple Explanation
Sodium benzoate is a chemical produced when benzoic acid-- which occurs naturally in some foods such as fruits and spices-- is combined with sodium hydroxide (lye), which also makes the resulting chemical dissolvable. It’s then used as a preservative in cosmetics, carbonated sodas, salad dressing, vinegar, wine, pickles, fruit juices, lotions, shampoos, mouthwash, medication, cough syrup, and much more.
Many governments accept this chemical preservative as consumable in extremely small amounts. For example, the United States Food and Drug Administration has it labeled as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) at 0.1% by weight, and the US Environmental Protection Agency lists it as acceptable in water at 5 parts per billion.
This cheaply-manufactured ingredient prevents mold and fungus growth and allows for foods and other products to have longer shelf lives.
While this may sound safe or natural, it is not. In fact, when you see the sodium benzoate ingredient on a product, 99.9% of the time it is synthetic.
Why Bare Living is Different
All Bare Living products use a unique form of sodium benzoate that is non-synthetic and 100% derived from plants and fruit.
The sodium benzoate found in our Bare Living products comes from a special formulation of benzoic acid, gluconic acid, and water. Our benzoic acid comes from a material derived from tree bark, and the gluconic acid from the natural fermentation of fruits and vegetables.
The Bare Living commitment to quality and plant-based ingredients led us to find this less common-- and far more natural-- version of sodium benzoate.
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