Food Preservatives Part 3

18 Jul

So now that I’ve warned you about food preservatives being detrimental to your health, how do you go about eliminating them from your diet?

1. Start reading the ingredients list. The more aware of what you’re putting in your body then the more likely you are to make better choices

2. Start by simply eliminating these chemicals from your diet: These are probably some of the worst ones for you. Just by eliminating these from your diet you will automatically be doing so much good for your body.

– MSG (monosodium glutamate)

hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils

natural and artificial flavors

– high fructose corn syrup

enriched flours

– aspartame/ artificial sweetners

– food coloring

– potassium bromate

– BHA/BHT

– sodium nitrate

– propyl gallate

brominated oil


3. Stick to shopping the borders of your supermarket. This tends to be where the less processed foods are such as your fruits and vegetables. Try to only go into the center aisles when getting things from your grocery list. The less you are around processed foods, then the less likely you are to buy them.

4. Look for foods with short ingredients lists. Usually the more processed, the more ingredients (but there are exceptions, so READ the label!).

5. Don’t automatically trust labels that say “all natural”, etc. Companies can claim anything they want and label it on the front of the package, once again read the label.

6. Look to fruits and vegetables. When in doubt, stick to food that don’t even require an ingredients list.

7. Add superfoods to your diet. This includes spirulina, maca, bee pollen, hemp seeds, etc. Just adding a little to your diet exponentially increases your health and wellness.

8. Have one meal a day of pure natural foods. This will ensure that you at least have one meal without chemicals and preservatives and will increase the amount of nutrients you consume in a day.

I hope you all learned a little something about food additives and are all on your way to living a little cleaner!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment. I would love some feedback too!

Did my food preservatives series help you?

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2 Responses to “Food Preservatives Part 3”

  1. Michelle July 18, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    This made me laugh, cause yesterday my dad and I had an argument about the foods our family eats. He was shoving a Pillsbury crumb cake and I asked him if he knew what was in it. He said he did, and that it was healthy. What was in it was probably half of the ingredients you listed. Enriched flours, two partially hydrogenated oils, food coloring, sodium nitrate, fructose, natural and artificial flavors were all in there. Yikes!

    • bananasforbananas July 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

      Ahh!! My chemical nightmare right there lol Hurry and make him a healthy dessert! I made my step dad this coffee cake recipe and he literally won’t eat anything else. I’m away from home right now and he calls and texts me saying that his coffee doesn’t taste the same without it lol -> vegan coffee cake

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