Preservatives are used to prevent bacteria, yeast and mould growth, preserve colour and flavour and keep food from going bad by preventing oxidation.
It can be hard to avoid preservatives as they can be found in almost any type of food or drink.
There are many natural preservatives such as salt, vinegar and sugar, but most of the preservatives used by food manufacturers are synthetic.
So, are these preservatives safe?
think about all the food and beverage you consume in a day.
The quantities of those preservatives you are eating add up in a day and over your lifetime. There are no long-term safety studies on the cumulative effects.
Tips to Avoid Harmful Preservatives in Your Diet
1) Eat fresh, whole foods that are cooked by you.
2) Avoid processed or pre-packaged foods as much as you can.
3) If you do choose pre-packaged foods, read the ingredients on the label carefully and avoid foods that have harmful preservatives.
4) Choose foods that contain natural preservatives such as ascorbic acid, citric acid, vinegar, salt and sugar. However, do watch and limit your overall intake of salt and sugar as overconsumption is detrimental to your health.
5) Avoid processed or cured meat as much as possible.
6) If you feel like having the occasional ham & bacon , look for nitrate- and nitrite-free bacon and other processed meats at your local butcher shop.
7) You can make your own cold meat for sandwiches. When you cook a roast, why not cook a bit extra, slice it into portions and then thaw and use as required.
If you want to avoid preservatives in bread, you can bake your own bread at home. Invest in a bread maker which is easy to use. Nothing beats the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread!
9) Ask for preservative-free bread and bread products at your local bakery.
10) Go organic. One of the safest and easiest ways to avoid preservatives is by eating certified organic food and food products.