Composition: Composed of Sodium Hydroxide and Benzoic Acid
Function: Used as a preservative because of its anti-fungal properties
Process: Sodium benzoate works by entering the cells in the food and balancing its pH level, increasing the overall acidity of the food.
Tocino, Hotdogs, Bacon, Sausages
Composition: Composed of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Sodium
Function: Sodium nitrate possesses potent antimicrobial properties
Process: Spreading around cured meats such as bacon and lunch meats can prevent food poisoning caused by botulism and other types of bacteria. Adding sodium nitrate gives cured meats a deep red color.