Food preservatives are added to foods to make them last longer, so when you dip that cracker into a container of hummus you don’t come out with a fuzzy friend instead.
Preservatives definitely have their purpose. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats from going rancid.
There are so many preservatives out there. While preservatives added to foods should be approved by Health Canada to be “safe”, this doesn’t always mean that they are good for your health.
Foods with preservatives are more-processed, less-nutritious foods to begin with - not exactly health foods. So, even if you don’t mind preservatives, you probably should cut down on these kinds of foods, anyway.
Here are some of the more common food preservatives.
That’s right - salt.
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