Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Are you getting enough Sodium Benzoate in your diet ?

As I pressed the "Publish " button on the keyboard yesterday after posting this post , an advert for toothpaste came on the television. This one :

Because I had just been writing about food ingredients, and because I spend much of my time lately reading about them, I looked at the Aquafresh website  and the ingredients on each type of toothpaste.
(I have to say I thought that Aquafresh was just that, but it appears that there are at least 7 differents types by this one company)

Extra Fresh® + Whitening

Get Triple Protection® benefits every time you brush. Each variety provides strong teeth and gives your mouth a fresh, minty clean sensation that tastes great and lasts. Aquafresh® Extra Fresh® + Whitening toothpaste has a minty, extra-fresh flavor that tastes great!


Active Ingredient
Sodium monofluorophosphate (0.15% w/v fluoride ion)
Inactive Ingredients
Sorbitol, water, calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, glycerin, PEG-8, sodium lauryl sulfate, cellulose gum, titanium dioxide, flavor, sodium bicarbonate, sodium saccharin, sodium benzoate, calcium carrageenan, blue 1 lake, red 30 lake

So what about the Active and Inactive Ingredients ?

Active Ingredients :  Sodium monofluorophosphate  (MFP) functions as a source of fluoride which protects tooth enamel from attack by bacteria that cause dental cavities.

Sounds fine. That is usually the reason that we brush our teeth

Inactive Ingredients : Sorbitol - a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste
                                   Calcium carbonate - an abrasive intended to polish the teeth and remove plaque


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