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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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Posted July 20, 2012

I am originally from the Midwest.  A small town in Illinois provided me with fond memories of living in farm country.  You can’t go too far without seeing multiple fields of corn and soy beans in the Midwest.  The farming industry provides the world with one of the key essentials to life:  food.  And unless we have our own garden, we are dependent on others to produce the food we purchase to keep us alive.  But how safe are the foods we purchase?  First came the chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides used in growing all kinds of food.  As if that isn’t enough, then came the introduction of GMOs (genetically modified organisms).  

 

 

But what is all the controversy about GMOs?  Do GMOs help or hurt small farmers?  Are they really safe for human consumption?   

 

 

The first GE crops were introduced in 1996.  Not too long ago!  This technology is viewed by some as a monstrous “experiment” on us consumers.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume the results of this experiment won’t be in for quite some time.  Some argue that GMOs are perfectly safe for the environment and human health, while other scientific research is starting to prove otherwise. 

 

 

Here are two helpful articles on the subject.  Read on and you decide…..   

The Facts about GMOs

Genetically Engineered Food: What Parents Need to Know

 

This latest article came out July 18.  USDA Prepares to Green-Light Gnarliest GMO Soy Yet

 

 

Want to avoid GMOs or at least some?  A good start is to shop at local farmers markets that do not use GMOs and buy organic foods whenever possible.  Read Save on Organic: 7 Simple Ways, a helpful list to go easy on your pocketbook when buying organic. 

 

 

I still have mixed feelings on this subject, but I think the best action is to stay informed and choose the healthiest options available.  

 

 

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