Potassium salt of acetic acid, an natural acid, present in
most fruits. Produced by bacterial fermentation and thus present
in all fermented products. Commercially produced by bacterial
fermentation of sugar, molasses or alcohol or by chemical synthesis
Acetates are used as preservatives and buffers.
Typically found in such products as sauces and pickles. Also
used as a fabric conditioning agent, and in the manufacture
No side effects, acetates are a normal component of all body
cells. Should only be avoided by people who have a (very rare)
vinegar intolerance and by people with impaired kidney function
as it is known to be a diuretic.