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The Role of Calcium Propionate in Food Preservation

calcium propionate

Calcium propionate is an antibacterial agent that is easily processed by the body. Experts from the American Public Welfare Science Center pointed out that adding calcium propionate to bread and other foods can prevent mold growth. Sodium propionate is another derivative commonly used in baked goods, because calcium changes due to the influence of other materials when making pies or pastries. Do you know what the role of calcium propionate in food is?

  1. Calcium propionate has an inhibitory effect on mold and aerobic bacillus that can cause sticky silk substances in bread, but has no inhibitory effect on yeast.
  2. Calcium propionate can be used as an antifungal agent for food and feed, and as a preservative for bread and cakes. Calcium propionate is easy to mix with flour evenly, and can provide calcium necessary for human body while serving as a fresh-keeping preservative, and play a role in strengthening food.
  3. It is effective against mold, aerobic spore-producing bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria, aflatoxin, etc. in starch, protein and oil-containing substances, and has unique anti-mold and anti-corrosion properties.
  4. It is a new and safe, high-efficiency, broad-spectrum mildew inhibitor for food and brewing, feed, and traditional Chinese medicine preparations.
  5. Calcium propionate can also be used as an additive in toothpaste and cosmetics, and has a good antiseptic effect.
  6. As a feed additive, calcium propionate can effectively inhibit the mold of the feed and prolong the shelf life of the feed. If it is combined with other inorganic salts, it can also improve the appetite of livestock and increase the milk production of dairy cows. Calcium propionate has low volatility, high temperature resistance, good animal adaptability, and is suitable for a variety of feeds.
  7. A new type of feed additive, mainly used as antifungal agent, which can prolong the fresh-keeping period of feed. It has a good anti-kill effect on mold, aerobic bud-producing bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria, and can also inhibit the production of aflatoxin, while it is harmless to yeast, harmless to humans and animals, and has no toxic side effects. It can also be used as a food preservative.

What are the side effects of calcium propionate

  1. Some people eat foods containing this preservative, which may cause adverse reactions such as headaches. People with intolerance to this additive may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, and diarrhea.
  2. Excessive intake of calcium propionate and sodium propionate can cause permanent damage to the gastric mucosa. This can lead to serious health problems.
  3. When the body loses the ability to recover from gastric mucosal inflammation, the disease will further deteriorate. This can cause severe ulcers.
  4. A report published in the American Journal of Child Health said that excessive intake (especially long-term) of this compound can cause children to experience irritability, restlessness, inattention and insomnia and other behavioral changes. Surprisingly, after removing these preservatives from the food, the symptoms go away on their own. An authoritative health agency in the United States claims that the compound is slightly toxic and can be sprayed on fruit as a fungicide. Many times, supermarkets spray fruits and vegetables with pesticides and preservatives to keep them fresh.
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