What is Sodium Aluminum Silicate?
Sodium aluminum silicate is a food additive. It is used to prevent caking and clumping so that powdered foods flow more easily.
Sodium aluminum silicate is a naturally occurring acid salt. It is made from a combination of silicon, sodium, aluminum and oxygen. The natural form is also known as albite feldspar. It is used by potters as a glazing and strengthening agent.
For the food industry, it is synthetically produced. The exact chemical compositions used will depend on the specific application.
It looks like colourless, odorless crystals.
I first encountered sodium aluminum silicate while looking over the ingredient list of a powdered coffee creamer.
You should look for sodium aluminum silicate on the label of powdered or granulated foods. Specifically, look for it in foods like dried or powdered milk, cake mixes, instant powdered soups, and instant chocolate milk.
Side Effects / Health Issues:
Food additives containing aluminum are coming under more and more scrutiny due to health concerns .
I have always heard that aluminum in food has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association says that this is a myth. They say that no studies have ever confirmed a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease .
Sodium Aluminum Silicate has an E number of 554. Other anti-caking/anti-clumping food additives are found in the range E530 to E578.
Most sources indicate that it is safe to consume in the quantities normally used in foods. But, I simply don’t like the idea of eating synthetically produced chemicals. This is one ingredient that I’m going to try and avoid.
What are your thoughts?
Please leave a comment. Let me know what you think about foods containing sodium aluminum silicate.