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Food Additives Found In Industrial Products

March 17, 2014

Riddle of the day:

What does your yoga mat have in common with your lunch?

Answer: If your lunch includes commercially baked bread, the answer just might be azodicarbonamide.


This compound, often used to improve the texture of dough, has been shown to cause respiratory issues in factory workers who were exposed to high levels of azodicarbonamide. There is no indication that small amounts, like the amount found in bread, is actually harmful to ingest.

The fact that it is used in rubber products from yoga mats to flip flops was the red flag for many health advocates. The compound makes the rubber lighter and more flexible.

Many food products benefit from the same type of aeration, such as pastries, pizza, bread products and tortillas.

Subway was the first of many companies to be called out on the use of azodicarbonamide, and urged to find an alternative.

While we fully support taking any chemicals out of our foods, there are far more potentially lethal additives, such as BPA and potassium bromate to contend with.

The best line of defense in protecting yourself and your family from harmful food additives is to eat fresh foods, and avoid processed and packaged foods wherever possible.

photo: Glasshouse Images

McDonald’s McRib Pop Quiz

November 5, 2011

Pop Quiz: What does a McDonald’s McRib sandwich have in common with your fitness routine?
Answer: Both contain a chemical used to make yoga mats and the soles of running shoes.

The McRib sandwich, made of pig intestines, hearts and scalded stomachs ( yes really!) formed to look like pork ribs, sits on a chemical laden bun.

The simple sandwich has 70 ingredients, according to the company’s website, including a flour bleaching agent that is commonly used to make foamed plastic!

The compound, azodicarbonamide is banned in Europe and Australia, but is approved in trace amounts in the U.S. and is classified as a respiratory sensitizer that potentially contributes to asthma.

Personally, they lost me somewhere around the pig stomachs, but it is truly frightening that it takes 70 mostly unpronouncable ingredients to create a sandwich.

So the real question of the day goes out to all the Mc Rib fans: Now that you know what’s in it, are you still “lovin‘ it”?

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