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Usage Tips

  1. Preservatives can be used in processed and packaged food and drinks.
  2. It can be used to preserve fish, meat, pickles and baked goods.

Common names and forms

  1. Food Preservative
  2. Preservative


Preservatives are chemicals or substances which are used in food and beverages to prevent them from decomposition which may be due to bacterial growth or some chemical changes. They can be natural or synthetic preservatives. They are mostly added to processed and packaged food and drinks.

Selection Guide

Look for the 'use by date' on the packaging of preservatives.


Consumption of preservatives could trigger breathing problems like asthma and bronchitis. It may also cause hyperactive behaviour in children. It can weaken heart tissues in aged people and also cause cancer and obesity.(1)

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