You Need A Drink: But Not Skinny Girl Margaritas, They Will Give You Cancer

Bethenny Frankel is one of the few Real Housewives who seems to have capitalized effectively on her position in the show, turning her Skinny Girl Margarita mix into a successful brand. At least, it was until recently. Whole Foods has yanked it form the shelves. According to the New York Post:

Whole Foods has stopped selling former “Real House wives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita after discovering it has potentially carcinogenic in gredients.

The drink — which Frankel crows on her Web site is “the margarita you can trust” with “all natural ingredients” and “no preservatives” — actually contains the preservative sodium benzoate, sources said.

Studies have found that the preservative can become carcinogenic if mixed with other substances such as vitamin C.

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    • big fan

      WOW pander much?

    • ELLE


    • Grace Gregory

      More detailed information on the sodium benzoate + ascorbic acid connection can be found at:

    • gzuckier

      Benzene is definitely bad stuff. Note that most soft drinks with the combination of benzoate and vitamin C do not have more than the 5 ppb level of benzene permitted in drinking water (whether that’s a safe level is another question) and of those that did, the variation between one sample and another was huge, so it appears that the safety of the combo depends on factors like storage, etc.
      Like a lot of similar compounds, cats are a lot more sensitive to it than humans, in case you were thinking of giving your cat soft drinks.
      Also, note that some fruits (cranberries, for example) already contain natural benzoate, sometimes quite a bit.

    • Luisa

      Sodium benzoate is NOT benzene. Some aromatic hydrocarbons have similar names because they contain a similar cyclic structure to the simple benzene, but have other side chains that greatly alter its properties.

      That said, sodium benzoate is in sooooo many products we consume every day. It’s not fair that this particular product is landing all the heat for a questionable chemical that’s added to EVERYTHING. Seriously. Read an ingredient label or something. It’s amazing to me how easily people are manipulated through total unawareness.