Eating processed foods is one of the main sources of preservatives in our diets. To reduce your preservative consumption, it's essential to limit the amount of processed foods you eat and opt for healthier whole foods instead. Fresh fruits and vegetables, dried legumes, poultry, meat, seafood, milk and eggs are all great options. Make sure to wash fresh produce thoroughly before consuming it.
It's important to note that preservatives such as BHA and BHT, which are used to prevent fat from spoiling and to preserve flavor and color, are not as bad as some people think. Health Canada ensures that all food additives, including preservatives, do not endanger the health of Canadians. However, it's still best to limit your intake of processed foods that are high in sodium, sugar, additives, and preservatives. Making small changes to your diet can have a big impact on your overall health.
Start by swapping out processed foods for healthier whole foods and you'll be well on your way to reducing your preservative intake. To further reduce your preservative consumption, try to cook more meals at home. This way you can control the ingredients you use and avoid any unnecessary additives or preservatives. You can also look for products labeled “no added preservatives” or “preservative-free” when shopping for groceries.
Finally, be mindful of the expiration dates on food products. Eating expired food can increase your risk of food poisoning and other health issues. Pay attention to the labels on food products and make sure you consume them before their expiration date.