Top 10 Worst Food Preservatives You Need to Avoid

Top 10 Worst Food Preservatives You Need to Avoid

The awful truth is that artificial food additives and preservative lengthen the products’ lifespan while they shorten yours! Of course, there are many natural additives and preservatives, such as sugar, salt, vinegar, and alcohol, but that are larger numbers of additives and preservatives that are loaded with toxic chemicals, which have been associated with a variety of health problems.

Artificial preservatives are mainly used to keep food from growing yeast, bacteria, or mold, while artificial additives are used to improve the food’s taste and appearance. You should keep in mind that these risky ingredients might protect your food, but not your health!

Top 10 Worst Food Preservatives You Need to Avoid©

Next time you hit the grocery store, make sure to avoid these
10 worst food preservatives that will destroy your health.
(Click through the slides to discover.)

1. Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric Acid© Your Health Remedy

This preservative is a scentless and colorless syrup that’s mostly used by the soda industry. It’s used in soft drinks and fruit juices for its zesty and sharp taste, as well as its capacity to restrict bacteria growth.

Phosphoric acid is also used in other types of products, like polishing metals, dyes, and fertilizers. Consuming this element can cause severe damage to your teeth. According to a report by General Dentistry, phosphoric acid can cause as much damage to your teeth as battery acid. Moreover, this preservative has been associated with kidney disease and low bone density.

2. Sodium Nitrite

Sodium Nitrite© Pixabay

Sodium nitrite can be found in meat products, such as sausage, salami, and hot dogs. You should make sure not to confuse this preservative with sodium nitrate, which is a naturally occurring compound. Sodium nitrate is actually converted into sodium nitrite.

The nitrite can prompt a chemical reaction that forms some cancer-causing compounds known as nitrosamines. Moreover, once inside your body, sodium nitrite can restrict your red blood cells from transporting oxygen throughout the entire body. This can lead to deadly respiration problems. Before you purchase meat, make sure that it’s organic and grass-fed.

3. Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate© Drinkwhat

This preservative is used in mouthwash, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and food, also, it’s also found in products labeled as ‘all natural’. (This is really disappointing!)

Although benzoic acid is a naturally occurring salt in certain foods, sodium benzoate is artificially produced in labs. In fact, benzoic acid has been shown to cause severe damage to human DNA. Moreover, it has been associated with many other health problems, including stroke, kidney disease, asthma attacks, and hypertension.

4. Propyl Gallate

Propyl Gallate© Authority Nutrition

Propyl Gallate can be found in processed meat products, cereals, potato sticks, soup bases, chewing gum, and vegetable oils. Dangerously, it’s linked to several health problems, including stomach and colon cancers, kidney and liver damage, and stomach irritation.

According to some scientists, this preservative can interfere with hormones, leading to neurological and reproductive problems. Furthermore, there is a possibility of other damaging effects that propyl gallate might have on the human hormones, but more research is needed. It’s best to simply avoid propyl gallate, as a precautionary measure.

5. Aspartame

Aspartame© Serious Eats

This preservative is an artificial sweetener that is widely known for being a dangerous excitotoxin. The Health and Human Services Department claim that there are about 92 negative effects liked to aspartame consumption. Symptoms include muscle spasms, heart problems, migraines, depression, nausea, and anxiety.

In animal experiments, aspartame consumption leads to the formation of holes in the brains of mice. Although the FDA has declared this preservative as safe to consume, aspartame can still ruin your health.

6. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Monosodium Glutamate© Food Renegade

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the most feared food preservatives. It is used as a flavor enhancer to a variety of products. In fact, MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter, which means it causes extreme stimulation of nerve cells.

Ingesting MSG has several health-damaging effects, such as seizures, brain lesions, depression, and migraines. The glutamate industry is actually aware of the dangerous impact of this preservative, but, sadly, keeps on selling it anyway. To avoid having MSG inside your body, make sure to purchase unprocessed goodies.

7. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Butylated Hydroxytoluene© // Duffitness

BHT isn’t only a dangerous preservative, but also a carcinogen that had been listed as an additive to avoid by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. BHT is used in chewing gum, baked goods, preserved meat, cereal, and butter.

When consumed in large doses, this preservative has been shown to boost cancer rates in animals, in addition to being toxic to kidneys and liver. To avoid BHT, you should only consume whole foods that don’t need preservatives.

8. Potassium Nitrite

Potassium Nitrite© Checkers

The majority of Americans eat immense amounts of sodium and an inadequate intake of potassium. However, you shouldn’t mistake potassium nitrite for being a healthy source of this element because potassium nitrite is an organic compound added to various types of meats, especially ham.

Besides food, potassium nitrite is also used in fertilizer and gun powder. Even though it can be safe when consumed in small portions, this preservative has been associated with many serious health problems, including several types of cancer, coma, convulsions, and irregular heartbeat, in addition to headaches and dizziness in kids.

9. Ammonium Sulfate

Ammonium Sulfate© Univali

Ammonium sulfate is mainly used in fertilizers and household cleaning products, but it’s also found in bread. Shockingly, some fast food chains, like Subway, use ammonium sulfate in their bread.

When consumed in high amounts, this preservative can cause irritation in both the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, and lead to more damage in those with pulmonary diseases. So why would you accept to eat ammonium sulfate in food while even the cleaning products warn against its consumption?

10. Titanium Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide© Comic Vine // Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Bakin’

Titanium dioxide is used in paint, plastics, sunscreen, and yes, food. It is included in processed foods, such as chocolate bars, vanilla pudding, doughnuts, and whipped cream, for the creamy texture it can provide. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), titanium dioxide is a potential carcinogen to humans. Tests on rats have shown that elevated levels of this preservative can lead to respiratory tract cancer.

Another research suggests that titanium dioxide nanoparticles have toxic effects on brain cells and may lead the affected person to develop degenerative brain diseases. Kids are particularly sensitive to large amounts of titanium dioxide, as they tend to consume more sugary products which include titanium dioxide than adults.

To conclude, anything that’s added to food for extra flavor or to preserve the product is only good in theory. To avoid serious health problems, always check the ingredients of any food you buy and try to avoid artificial preservatives and chemicals at all costs.


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