Product Overview

Sodium benzoate also known as benzoate of soda is the sodium salt of benzoic acid, widely used as a food preservative and a pickling agent. It appears as a white crystalline chemical with the formula C₆H₅COONa.

Characteristic Data

Property Value
Formula C₇H₅NaO₂
Density 1.5 g/cm³
Molar Mass 144.11 g/mol
Boiling Point 249.3 °C
Melting Point 410 °C
More General Ingredient Benzoic Acid


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Sodium benzoate, also known as benzoate of soda, is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. Chemically, it is represented by the formula C₆H₅COONa. It is commonly used as a food preservative and a pickling agent.

Sodium benzoate appears as a white crystalline chemical. In practical applications, it is often utilized in its powdered or granular form, making it convenient for various uses.

Sodium benzoate serves as a food preservative due to its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold. It helps extend the shelf life of food products by preventing spoilage and deterioration.

Sodium benzoate is commonly used in a variety of food products, including beverages, jams, sauces, and pickled foods. Its effectiveness as a preservative makes it a valuable ingredient in preventing microbial contamination.

Sodium benzoate is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used within established limits. Regulatory bodies set guidelines to ensure its safe usage in food products, and adherence to these guidelines is essential for maintaining food safety.

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