Sodium Acetate CH3COONa, also abbreviated NaOAc, is the sodium salt of acetic acid. This colorless deliquescent salt has a wide range of uses.
- It is an inexpensive chemical that has a wide range of uses, including as a food additive and pickling agent or a laboratory reagent. It is also the prime ingredient in portable, reusable, chemical-based heating packs.
- Sodium acetate may be added to food as a seasoning, sometimes in the form of sodium diacetate, a one-to-one complex of sodium acetate and acetic acid, given the E-number E262. It is often used to give potato chips a salt and vinegar flavor.
- Common side effects may include:
- sodium overload
- excessive hydration
- dilution of other serum electrolyte concentrations
- fluid in the lungs, or
- low levels of blood potassium (hypokalemia)
- Not known.
- Sodium ethanoate
Source: LiveStrong, https://www.livestrong.com/article/261886-foods-containing-sodium-acetate/