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Ask a Dietitian: Which preservatives should I be looking out for?

By 2nd June 2017 June 24th, 2020 No Comments

Hi Claudia, Preservatives are said to be harmful to the body. What are the common chemicals or additives in food that I should be avoiding? Looking forward to your advice.

Thanks!
Hi there,
It is common knowledge that processed foods are not ideal for our health. These foods often contain preservatives that are difficult to identify due to being hidden under various names. Some examples are artificial sweeteners (found in diet coke), trans fat (found in fast foods), potassium bromate (found in breads) and sodium nitrate (found in processed meat such as ham or bacon). Be sure to read the ingredients on the packaging before you purchase these food items.
All these preservatives are proven safe for consumption in the quantities present in the food product. However, if you wish to avoid the high intake of these additives, I recommend choosing food items with the least number of ingredients and additives listed and avoid the use of processed food. These foods will have the highest number of additives.
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Claudia Correia

Claudia Correia

Claudia has a degree in Dietetics and has a special interest in Women’s Health, Mediterranean Diet, Weight Management, Chronic Disease, Nutritional Wellness & Mindful Eating, as well as, in Cancer Nutrition Therapy. She is a dietitian member of SNDA (Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association) and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Claudia has been practising as a dietitian since 2010, and she has spent four years at Raffles Hospital. For the past years, she has been passionately working with her clients on areas such as weight management, women’s health, chronic disease management, wellness and oncology. Claudia has diversified experience from both Europe and Asia, coupled with the expertise of handling a variety of cuisines. She caters to the most varied needs of an individual. When consulting her clients, she educates and creates awareness of the impact of food, while emphasizing the enjoyment of food.

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