The heart of our blog is to bring the right information to your news feed so that you can make wise decisions about food for you and your family. We hope you find our blogs enlightening and interesting! Today we are jumping into what preservatives are, and why they are not good for us.
Preservatives are used to ‘preserve’ food items so that they remain fresh, or as fresh–looking as possible. They help to increase the shelf-life of products and they make sure that there is no loss of taste or flavour in the product over an extended period of time.
There are two types of preservatives, they are either natural, or chemical and artificial.
Natural preservatives are natural ingredients that have not been chemically altered and are not mixed with any synthetic items either.
Artificial Or Chemical Preservatives are artificially produced or synthetic in nature. Often these are also called ‘additives’ on our everyday food labels.
In a perfect world, we would not have any need for preservatives in our food, especially not the artificial kinds and we would all be able to pick an apple off a tree if we needed an apple. However, due to transporting food, and mass production it seems that there are few options. We want you to be aware of the truth about food, and healthy eating so that you can intuitively eat what is good and will build your body well! Ultimately, we want you to be in a place where you can eat real food, from soil to mouth, and enjoy the benefits!
Here are some of the top preservative offenders and their reactions with the human body so that you can keep an eye out for them when shopping:
Possible concerns: It can cause hyperactivity in some children.
Concerns: too much may cause pancreatic cancer and other health problems.
Concerns: may cause headaches, breathing problems, and rashes.
Concerns: it can cause bronchial problems, particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing, tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. It also destroys vitamins B1 and E.
Concerns: It is an endocrine-disrupting chemical which means that it messes with your hormones. Studies indicate that subjects had decreased sperm counts and testosterone levels because of it. It has also been shown to alter the expression of genes, including those in breast cancer cells and to accelerate the growth of breast cancer cells. Harvard School of Public Health shared the results of a recent study linking propylparaben to impaired fertility in women.
Concerns: It affects the neurological system of the brain, alters behaviour and has a potential to cause cancer.
We challenge you to check your food labels when you buy foods. You’ll be surprised at where you can find the bad stuff.
We also want to encourage you, it is possible to get creative in your kitchen and find unique and new ways of cooking meals without the nonsense in them. It can be a lot of fun, and also incredibly good for your health. Making small changes in your diet can really shift the way you see food, and you will begin to feel like you are glowing from the inside out.
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