5 Side Effects of Preservatives You Must Know About

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  • June 27, 2022
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Not all preservatives are bad though; we need to learn how to differentiate the good ones from the unhealthy ones.

Many people are shying away from foods with less-than-natural ingredients because of a substance or a chemical that is added to many products such as beverages, sweets, baked-goods, breads and many more these days. These can be also commonly found in vegetables, fruits and tinned foods. We are talking about Preservatives and how an excessive consumption of these could lead to long term health issues. Preservatives are typically used to, you guessed it right, ‘preserve’ food items. This helps increase the shelf-life of products and makes sure that there is no loss of taste or flavour in the product over a period of time. With globalization and increased transport efficiencies, a food item produced in a South-American country is now easily available in a South-east Asian city thousands of miles away. The transport could take a few days or a few weeks, but adding preservatives will ensure that it is received by a customer exactly how its maker intended it to be at the time of manufacturing it. Not all preservatives are bad though; we need to learn how to differentiate the good ones from the unhealthy ones. spreads and jams could contain artificial preservatives. 

Main Side Effects Of Preservatives

  • One of the possible harmful effects of preservatives could be a trigger for breathing problems asthama, bronchitis.
  • Preservatives can cause problem within young children like hyperactive behaviour. This problem is also measured by parental and objective reporting.
  • Sustained and excessive consumption of artificial preservatives can weaken heart tissues which is dangerous especially for the aged people.
  • They could contain BHA and BHT food additives which could be cancer causing. BHT is used in cereals and fats while BHA could be present in potatoes, meats and other baked goods.
  • Preservatives could cause obesity in some as it contains fatty acids especially in processed foods.

Avoiding Preservatives Cutting preservatives completely from your diet is difficult but reducing isn’t. One should try to intake less preservatives as it causes chronic health conditions. One can incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, juices, fresh lean meats and low fat dairy in your diet rather than switching to too many packaged food items. Lastly, read the labels on the products carefully before buying food items for you and your family. More often than not, a quick glance should help you figure out if the item is fit for consumption by your family or not. 


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