Sorry for further propogating this thread John...
Originally Posted by codprawn
- another one to watch is E211 - a preservative also found in diet drinks.
You are implying that E211 (sodium benzoate) is a preservative used predominantly in "diet drinks" - but it is not - it is used in all sorts of drinks and foods as a preservative including "full fat" varients of most carbonated drinks as well as many fruit juices as well as some foods.
In the interests of balance sodium benzoate occurs naturally in a number of fruits - and even in the human body (without an external source of benzoate).
It has been added to drinks as a preservative for about 100 years.