Preservatives in Foods
by Peter Weiss, M.D.
A day does not go by without all of us being exposed to some chemical found in the food
we eat. This does not mean that all of these chemicals are all bad. Some, in fact, may
even be beneficial. If you are unsure about the safety of a certain food, the best thing
to do is to simply not eat it. Using your own common sense is your best guide.
There are several things you can do to try to eat only healthy food, and avoid those
that may be harmful:
- Eat lean cuts of meat -- avoid the fat.
- Wash and rinse all your fruits and vegetables thoroughly. This removes the chemicals on
the skins of the produce.
- Avoid saccharine, nutrasweet, or aspartame. We do not know how, or if, it affects the
- Avoid raw fish. There are too many possible problems to risk ingesting Sushi and the
- You can ask your doctor about specific ingredients. He or she should be able to find out
if anything is known about it. It is important to be aware of what goes in your body
because you really are eating for two!
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