Decoding Labels

Decoding Labels

Decode the labels for sparkling water


We know the feeling when you pick up a bottle and read its label only to realise that you can’t pronounce almost all of the words on its list of ingredients…

Well, Polka Pop is here to change that for you. Our Sparkling Water contains only 3 ingredients: Carbonated Water, Natural Fruit Flavouring and Sodium Benzoate.

We know what you’re thinking…”What the Fizz is Sodium Benzoate?”

 Don’t freak out! We’re here to break it down for you!

Sodium Benzoate is a common preservative that is used in beverages (especially sodas), packaged foods, jams and some medicines to prolong shelf life. [1]

The science: 

science in sparkling water


Sodium Benzoate is an odorless powder that when combined with water produces benzoic acid. [2]

Fun fact: Benzoic acid is naturally occuring and can be found in several plants such as tomatoes, berries and apples. 

Who calls the shots? 

Sodium Benzoate is internationally approved as a food and beverage preservative. In fact, it was the first of it’s kind to be approved for safe consumption by the U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as it prevents the growth of harmful microbes and bacteria. [3]

According to the FDA, it would take 180 times the amount of Sodium Benzoate present in a typical diet to cause any health problems. 

Sodium Benzoate and Polka Pop:


Sodium Benzoate and Polka Pop


After extensive research and months of lab testing, we decided to add 0.0065% Sodium Benzoate (by weight)  in order to keep Polka Pop fresh on your shelf! This is much lower than the FSSAI’s allowed Sodium Benzoate limit of 0.012% ! [4]

That’s all folks! We hope we’ve given you some clarity on decoding labels. Always consult a doctor for allergies or consumption related queries. Please email us if you have any other questions and we’ll get back to you asap. 





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