Chemical used in yoga mats and shoes also found in 500 packaged foods

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of us know that packaged food is suspect as far as kind of chemicals used to keep them shelf-friendly. Now, a health and advocacy group called Environmental Working Group, have come up with a study that tells you how alarming the scene is.

Apparently, 500 foods on grocery store shelves in the US, including the stuff that is labelled as ‘health food’ is suspect because they may potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical.

For instance, Azodicarbonamide. Better known as ADA, is an ‘active’ ingredient in breads, bagels, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, pizza, pastries, and other food products. In fact, some consumer groups have demanded the complete removal of ADA from food packaging as it damages the body in ways we are still to fully understand.

In keeping with the demand, fast food chain Subway said earlier this month that it was removing ADA from its products, but at the same breath maintained that ADA is not dangerous and is used in many foods.

While ADA has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it is banned in Australia and some European countries.

Azodicarbonamide is used as a flour bleaching agent and as an oxidizing agent in dough to improve its performance for bakers. It is also used in plastics to improve elasticity. It is even found in yoga mats and shoes.

According to WHO, epidemiological studies in humans have produced enough evidence that azodicarbonamide can “induce asthma, other respiratory symptoms, and skin sensitisation” to people working with the chemical.

According to the FDA, ADA is safe if the amount in flour does not exceed 2.05 grams per 100 pounds or 45 parts per million.

While we will never really know just yet what is the real truth about ADA with so many lobbies working around it, it is definitely worth a thought because food that is made ‘perfect’ for supermarkets with chemicals need to be studied further.

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