Potassium Benzoate is the potassium salt of benzoic acid manufactured through chemical synthesis, available as white granular. It’s widely used as preservatives in acidic food and beverage for its high stability under acidity environment.
Is Potassium Benzoate gluten free?
Yes. Potassium Benzoate is gluten free and widely used in gluten free food to provide longer shelf-life to soft drinks and concentrated fruit juice.
Why is Potassium Benzoate gluten free?
To answer this question, we need to clarify another question: what is gluten. Gluten is protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. (Wikipedia) First, gluten is a protein. Second, gluten is mainly found in wheat and related grains. As we mentioned before, Potassium Benzoateis a Benzoate salt which is significantly different from protein. Raw materials used in manufacturing of Potassium Benzoate are potassium hydroxide and Benzoic Acid; Potassium Benzoate barely includes gluten impurity. So, Potassium Benzoate is gluten free.
How is Potassium Benzoate used in gluten free food?
Potassium Benzoate is widely used in acidic food and beverage to provide longer shelf-life to soft drinks and concentrated fruit juice. Potassium Benzoate is usually used in processed food rather than daily recipe.
Why should you go Gluten free?
Celiac disease: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine due to the presence of gluten, for which a gluten-free diet is the only medically-accepted treatment. In 2009 research showed between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease. So people with Celiac disease have to stick to gluten free diet to avoid unexpected side effect caused by consumption of gluten.
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: Some people may be sensitive to gluten but do not have celiac disease and feel better on a diet with less gluten. However, there are no specific symptoms confirmed. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity also drives more people to gluten free diet when people believe that they feel better when eating gluten free.
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