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EDTA

Alternate Names

Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA

Description

An acid which is used as a sequestrant or chelating agent (binds metals left in food from processing) and preservative. Also promotes color retention.

EDTA - Quick Stats
Names

Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA

Allergy Information

Uses

Sequestrant, Preservative

E-Number

E385

Additional Information

The sodium and calcium salts of EDTA are common sequestrants in many kinds of foods and beverages. EDTA chelation therapy is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for lead and heavy metal poisoning. There is much debate as to if EDTA is safe for humans. Long-term human studies need to be conducted to confirm.



Found In

soda, canned beans, sauces, dressing, spreads

Possible Health Effects

May be irritating to skin, cause asthma, and kidney damage.

Allergy Information

May cause allergic reaction in sensitive individuals

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