July 01, 2023 2 min read
Preservatives are used in food to extend its shelf life and prevent spoilage. While they are generally considered safe for consumption, some preservatives can have negative effects on the gut microbiome. Here are some common preservatives that can be harmful to the gut microbiome:
It's important to note that not all preservatives are bad for the gut microbiome, and some can even have beneficial effects. For example, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi contain naturally occurring preservatives that can promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
To avoid harmful preservatives, it's best to stick to whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. When buying packaged foods, check the ingredients list for preservatives and try to choose products with fewer additives.
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