Now don’t laugh! I don’t usually pick up my mat and chew on it but did you know that a yoga mat contains an ingredient in some of the foods we continue to eat thinking its safe? You have more than likely ate the ingredient that is used in making Yoga mats, shoe soles or window gaskets! What is the ingredient that is banned everywhere except the good ole US?
READ THE LABELS! In the old days, bread would go stale within a day or two of baking, and start to grow mold in 3 to 4. But today, you can buy a bread that will stay soft and fresh for two weeks and even more. Try baking bread at home and see how long it lasts…
Part of the miracle of stay soft forever bread is an additive called azodicarbonamide, which plays 2 important roles in mass manufacturing of bread:
- bleaching agent – it makes the bread whiter by reacting with cartonene in the flour.
- improves flour strength - this improves the dough’s ability to retain gas and makes the bread more elastic.
Azodicarbonamide IS IN MANY BREADS and plastics!
- Azodicarbonamide is a yellow orangish powder, more commonly used commercially in the creation of foamed plastics – like yoga mats, shoe soles, floor mats and window gaskets.
- The FDA allows food companies to use azodicarbonamide as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner in any food product giving it a status of GRAS or “Generally Regarded As Safe”.
- But, the FDA doesn’t even keep track of the companies who use azodicarbonamide as an ingredient. The lack of information leads the FDA to not update or include an toxicity information about this ingredient in its EAFUS or “Everything Added to Food in the United States” database.
- When a truck carrying azodicarbonamide overturned on a Chicago highway in 2001, it prompted city officials to issue the highest hazardous materials alert and evacuate people within a half mile radius! Many of the people on the scene complained of burning eyes and skin irritation as a result. (Source: Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner)
- The U.K. has recognized azodicarbonamide as a potential cause of asthma if inhaled, and advises against its use in people who have sensitivity to food dye allergies and other common allergies in food, because it can exacerbate the symptoms.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) studied azodicarbonamide, and also linked it to asthma and other allergic reactions.
- When azodicarbonamide partially degrades with the heat of processing, it forms trace amounts of semicarbazide, which shows carcinogenicity that can result in tumors over time.
- The United States is one of the only countries in the world that still allows this ingredient in our food supply. It is banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, and if you get caught using it in Singapore you can get up to 15 years in prison and be fined $450,000.
Among the big names in fast food using azodicarbonamide in their bread: McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Starbucks, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are many more. Read your labels. Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azodicarbonamide
Not only does this ingredient trigger lung problems but also skin, eyes and organ issues.
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