Are preservatives bad for you?
Not true. Without preservatives our food chain would be not be as safe as it is today. Nitrates and nitrites used in processed meats protect against the deadly Clostridium botulinum, bacteria while mould inhibitors used in cereals help to stop the growth of potential carcinogens that could otherwise lead to stomach cancer. If a preservative has an E number, far from being undesirable, this means it is approved for safe use in food.