Are preservatives bad for you?

No. The preservatives we use are recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

We use them in some of our beverages to keep their great taste and prevent color from changing. You can see if preservatives are used in our drinks by looking on the ingredients list next to the Nutrition Facts label on our cans and bottles. If we use a preservative, we’ll say why, like “to help protect taste” or “to help protect color”. This way you have all the information at your fingertips.

Did you know? The FDA has a strict process for making sure the ingredients in our foods and beverages are safe. Learn more here.

 

What are preservatives anyway?

Preservatives help keep food and beverages tasting great and fresh longer.

They can:

  • Protect flavor
  • Prevent color from changing (or browning)
  • Stop bacteria, mold or yeast from growing
  • Reduce food waste

Different preservatives have different purposes. And while their names can be hard to read, they are safe. Globally recognized authorities, including the U.S. FDA, say so!

Some preservatives in food and drinks include: types of salt like calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate. Others include BHA, BHT and EDTA.

You might see them used in: fruit sauces and jellies, beverages like carbonated soft drinks, baked goods, cured meats, oils and margarines, cereals, dressings, snack foods, fruits and vegetables.

 

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