You eat cereal for three meals a day
If you’re the type of person who eats cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you might be consuming more preservatives than you realize, especially if you consume other many other processed or packaged food items throughout the day. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are two preservatives added to cereal and oatmeal to keep them from going rancid on the shelf. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers at least BHA to be “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” based on animal studies that found it caused cancer in three types of rodents. While no one is saying eating a bowl of your favorite flakes every day is giving you cancer—and more research needs to be done to fully understand the possible effects of these ingredients on n humans—the Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests limiting your consumption. These are other breakfast foods to stop eating.
You only buy salted butter
Salt might be naturally occurring, but it has preservative properties (it’s added to so many processed food because it helps make food last longer). If you’re trying to stay below the government-recommended 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, a schmear on your toast, a few pats in your veggies, and some more in dessert could quickly add up. “Salted butter has an extremely long shelf, so buying unsalted might not last as long in the fridge but you’ll get a fresher version,” says Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.