Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid, a synthetic compound that is widely used as a food preservative and in various industrial applications. It is a white, crystalline powder that is highly soluble in water. The chemical formula for sodium benzoate is C7H5NaO2.

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Applications of Sodium Benzoate:

Food and Beverage Industry:(Preservative) Sodium benzoate is commonly used as a preservative in acidic foods and beverages, such as fruit juices, soft drinks, pickles, and sauces. It helps prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold, thus extending the shelf life of the products.

Pharmaceuticals:(Preservative in Medications) Sodium benzoate is used in some pharmaceutical formulations as a preservative to prevent the growth of microorganisms and increase the stability of the medication.

Cosmetics and Personal Care Products:(Preservative in Cosmetics) It is used in cosmetics and personal care products, including shampoos, lotions, and creams, to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Industrial Applications:(Corrosion Inhibitor) Sodium benzoate is sometimes used as a corrosion inhibitor in industrial applications, particularly in automotive antifreeze formulations.

Plastic and Polymer Industry:(Polymer Additive) it can be used as an additive in certain polymer and plastic formulations to enhance their properties.

Analytical Chemistry:(Standard in Analytical Chemistry) Sodium benzoate is used as a standard for calibration in certain analytical techniques, such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

It’s important to note that while sodium benzoate is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) when used in accordance with approved levels in food and beverages, excessive intake should be avoided. Additionally, some individuals may be sensitive to sodium benzoate, and there have been concerns about its potential to form benzene, a known carcinogen, under certain conditions. Therefore, its use and safety are subject to regulatory scrutiny and guidelines in various countries.