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November 9, 2013

 

When you eat bread, you could be eating the same ingredient as what is used to make your Yoga mat!  What?  That’s right, the U.S. food industry uses the same additive in breads and cereals (just two examples) as what the chemical industry uses in the production of foamed plastics, synthetic leathers and rubber.  Nice.  The additive is called azodicarbonamide.  Ever heard of it?  Take a look at the ingredients in your loaf of bread.  Is it in there?

Here is the low down from Wikipedia:  Azodicarbonamide Facts

Is it safe?

 

Our trusty health regulatory agencies have assured us that azodicarbonamide is safe for use in our foods.  If that is correct, then why has its use as a food additive been banned in Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom?  I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit tired of U.S. officials and the food industry possibly compromising Americans’ health.  The FDA allows about 10,000 chemicals in our foods.  For about 80% of food additives in the FDA’s database, the agency lacks relevant information, including toxicity data, about the safe amount to eat and almost two-thirds of additives don’t have publicly available feeding data. (Source: Reproductive Toxicology Journal study by Neltner and Maffini)

 

See study here: Data gaps in toxicity testing of chemicals allowed in food in the United States

 

 

In the U.K., azodicarbonamide has been identified as a respiratory sensitizer (a possible cause of asthma).

 

The bottom line is how can people expect me to believe that this chemical, that is used to make exercise mats and rubber shoes, is perfectly safe to ingest!  Give me a break.  I’ll pass.

 

There is a fix.  Look at labels before purchasing food and find alternatives without azodicarbonamide such as organic brands that refuse to use chemicals!

 

 

 

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