Published By : 12 Feb 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The food and beverages industry is in a conundrum of sorts. We have been using synthetic preservatives for quite some time now, but their negative health effects are making it imperative to restrict the use of a few preservatives that are common today. Both government and consumers are slowly pushing for the use of natural preservatives. However, things are not as easy as they seem. While a few brands have decided to go completely organic and stopped using preservatives altogether, they are doing so at the cost of severely reducing the shelf life of their foods. To make matters more complicated, the use of natural preservatives is not turning out to be as effective as their synthetic counterparts. This was expected though, and manufacturers and research bodies are ramping up their efforts in finding the best natural preservatives that can get the job done.
Preservatives in Healthcare
One of the more uncommon uses of preservatives might soon occur in the healthcare industry. Nisin, a commonly used preservative, is being studied for its effects on cancer cell as well as bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. If fruitful, this could be the next breakthrough that scientists have been looking for. Nisin is not only completely natural, but it is also helps kill harmful bacteria. Food manufacturers have long since been using nisin in soups, salad dressings, dips, and even processed meats to ward off destructive bacteria. Now scientists believe that nisin can be more helpful than what we have been thinking. The research document related to this study was recently published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemitherapy.
Preservatives in Cosmetics
In another deviation from the food and beverage industry, the use of preservatives is also done in cosmoceuticals and cosmetics. Most cosmetics contain a rich amount of water, carbs, and fatty acids, all three of which welcome the growth of bacteria. The use of such “decomposed” makeup could cause skin infections among users, or even worse. As a result, most cosmetics manufacturers resort to using preservative to fight off bacteria. A large number of manufactures even use all natural preservatives such as tea tree, cinnamon, and rosemary, instead of synthetic ones.