Sodium carbonates (E500) can be derived from a number or sources. E500 (i) - Sodium carbonate; 500 (ii) - Sodium hydrogen carbonate; 500 (iii) - Sodium sesquicarbonate.

Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda or soda ash), Na2CO3 is a sodium salt of carbonic acid.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Acidity regulator - Regulates the acidity or alkalinity of a food
  • Anticaking agent - Helps prevent food particles from sticking together
  • Raising agent - A substance which increases dough volume by producing gas
  • Stabiliser - A substance that maintains the uniform dispersal of substances in a food

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Sodium carbonate
European Union
Approved Sodium carbonates
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Sodium carbonate
Philippines
Matching Terms Not Found
Austria
Approved Sodium carbonates
Belgium
Approved Sodium carbonates
Bulgaria
Approved Sodium carbonates
Cyprus
Approved Sodium carbonates
Czech Republic
Approved Sodium carbonates
Denmark
Approved Sodium carbonates
Estonia
Approved Sodium carbonates
Finland
Approved Sodium carbonates
France
Approved Sodium carbonates
Germany
Approved Sodium carbonates
Greece
Approved Sodium carbonates
Hungary
Approved Sodium carbonates
Ireland
Approved Sodium carbonates
Italy
Approved Sodium carbonates
Latvia
Approved Sodium carbonates
Lithuania
Approved Sodium carbonates
Luxembourg
Approved Sodium carbonates
Malta
Approved Sodium carbonates
Netherlands
Approved Sodium carbonates
Poland
Approved Sodium carbonates
Portugal
Approved Sodium carbonates
Romania
Approved Sodium carbonates
Slovakia
Approved Sodium carbonates
Slovenia
Approved Sodium carbonates
Spain
Approved Sodium carbonates
Sweden
Approved Sodium carbonates
United Kingdom
Approved Sodium carbonates
Australia
Approved Sodium carbonate
New Zealand
Approved Sodium carbonate

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Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E500 - Sodium carbonates: Regarded as safe in small amounts - some sources list as possible teratogen in large doses

Additive Alert

Halal - yes

E500 - Sodium carbonates: Miscellaneous - Acids and Salts: Carbonates

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - maybe

E500 - Sodium carbonates: Large amounts cause corrosion of the gut, gastric upsets, circulation problems.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Recommended for consumption by children - maybe

E500 - Sodium carbonates: No known adverse effects in small quantities.

Food Reactions - Food Intolerance, Allergy & Adverse Reactions

Synthetic substance - maybe

E500 (i) - Sodium carbonate: Sodium carbonate is naturally occurring in alkaline waters, however it is also synthesised by the Solvay process or by electrolysis of sea water. Sodium carbonate is used as an acidity regulator, particularly in beer making. Excessive ingestion may result in stomach upset. Typical products include beer, baking, soft and fizzy drinks, medications. No known adverse effects in small quantities. May irritate the eyes and respiratory tract.

MBM Foods

Synthetic substance - yes

500 (ii) - Sodium hydrogen carbonate: Sodium hydrogen carbonate (Bicarbonate of soda) is used in food mainly as a raising agent, but also as a base. It is prepared synthetically.

MBM Foods

Synthetic substance - yes

500 (iii) - Sodium sesquicarbonate: Sodium sesquicarbonate occurs naturally in saline waters, it is used as a base. No adverse effects are known.

MBM Foods

Sodium carbonate
Soda ash
Washing soda

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

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