Preservatives. It’s what the Egyptians did to their Pharaohs. They wanted to preserve their bodies for the afterlife. Today we use preservatives for food. Preservatives are defined (as by the http://www.freedictionary.com) as: Something used to preserve, especially a chemical added to foods to inhibit spoilage.
I’m not totally against preservatives, after all where would we be today without salting, drying, sugar curing, canning etc. Mankind would have had a much more difficult time surviving winter or travelling long distances if food preservation was not mastered. What concerns me though are the numbers of chemicals used to preserve our foods today.
When you go to the grocery store and an item’s expiration date is 5 years from now, doesn’t that concern you? It concerns me. What is in the canned or boxed item that can keep it from spoiling for that length of time? And better yet, if you ingest them, what will they do to your body?
Here are a few of the most common chemical preservatives used today.
- Benzoates (such as sodium benzoate)
- Nitrites (such as sodium nitrite)
- Sulphites (such as sulphur dioxide)
Paleo diet concentrates on eating natural foods. None of these fresh fruits or vegetables contain the above preservatives. I encourage you to read the labels on your food to avoid mummification!