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Can You Eat Too Many Preservatives?

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How many preservatives can you safely eat? Expert advice about eating this food additive.
Question: "All of my favorite foods contain preservatives. Should I try to cut back?"

Answer: A few preservatives have raised concerns. Sulfites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, and nitrites have been linked to cancer. Both are widely used and considered safe by the FDA, but if you want to limit your exposure, check labels and pass up items that contain nitrites or any of the following: sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium and potassium bisulfite or sodium and potassium metabisulfite.

Originally published in Fitness magazine.


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tiniracer wrote:

I never knew that about Splenda! Good to know, thank you!

11/3/2009 09:58:48 AM Report Abuse
clc112 wrote:

There are also "natural" preservatives that are considered antioxidants that you can be allergic to. I am allergic to Octyl Gallate and Propyl Gallate. These are used to keep oils from becoming rancid, and are typically found in peanut butter, margarine, and some body and face products. Sometimes they are listed, sometimes not. My doctor says that the allergic reaction to these items is becoming more common. I was her first, but she has since seen more.

11/2/2009 11:04:40 AM Report Abuse
4petesake1 wrote:

Just because the FDA considers something safe doesn't mean it is safe! The FDA also endorses Splenda which is extracted from sugar using chlorine bleach. Do not trust the FDA! Learn about your food and how to read labels.

11/2/2009 10:02:21 AM Report Abuse

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