E219

Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time The Food Doctor - Healing Foods for Mind and Body
Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time The Food Doctor - Healing Foods for Mind and Body

E219 is a food additive approved by the European Union (EU) and is used as an antifungal synthetic preservative in food products, drugs and cosmetics. This chemical is more affective against yeasts and fungi than against bacteria.

The chemical name for E219 is sodium methyl p-hydroxybenzoate.

E219 has been linked with to a numb mouth as well as irritation to the skin, and is banned in Australia.

Examples of food/drink products that may include E219:

  • ice cream
  • baked goods
  • medicine, medicines

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