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Old 05-13-2014, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Cleveland_Collector View Post
Sodium Erythorbate is an antioxidant which is chemically and structurally similar (almost a direct analog of) to sodium ascorbate. Sodium ascorbate = Vitamin C. Some people are allergic to it (although that is quite rare) and may wind up with some of the side effects listed if they eat it in large quantities. Acute toxicity levels are less than that of common table salt. Any real study shows that the measured effects on human health are negative to none at levels 100x that of ordinary consumption. Get your facts straight and stop listening to all of the sensationalist drivel.
Unfortunately, the food industry and others put out misleading information on the chemical products they create in the lab. This misleading information then gets repeated many times in magazines, websites, and elsewhere and everyone believes it because they see it repeated in so many sources. They've done this for both sodium erythorbate and sodium ascorbate (an ascorbic acid salt) because they want consumers to believe these lab produced chemicals (i.e. industrial foods/supplements) are perfectly safe and even beneficial. However, they leave out the negatives, even if they have found these in their own tests. They also give the impression that lab produced chemicals like ascorbic acid have exactly the same structure as those found in nature. However, this isn't true. In fact, many of the lab produced synthetic "vitamins" found in most multi-vitamins today have been shown to have adverse effects. The vitamin C found in oranges and bell peppers is not the same as ascorbic acid cooked up in a lab.

Sodium erythorbate, often billed as a "chemical variant of ascorbic acid," is not found in nature so to call it an "antioxidant" is a stretch by any definition of the word. The negative health impacts are well documented and have published in peer reviewed research journals -- hardly the stuff of "sensationalist drivel."

It is almost always better for the human body to use something created by nature, not cooked up synthetically in a lab. It is certainly possible to make a tasty hot dog without using sodium erythorbate.
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