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ADA - The Hidden Chemical in your Food - How Toxic Are You?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim

The bread that makes you wonder.  


What's in it?  Chances are it contains ADA like 500 other foods on grocery shelves across America.  ADA or Azodicarbonamide is an FDA-approved ingredient in bread, bagels, tortillas, hot dog and hamburger buns, pizza, pastries and other food products.  ADA is a flour-bleaching agent that oxidizes and softens dough.  It improves elasticity and you can find it in yoga mats and shoes. Does this mean that you can eat your yoga mat or shoes? 

The FDA approves its use and says it's safe if the amount is not more than 2 grams per 100 pounds of flour. Maybe the FDA knows something that I don't know because toxic chemical exposures in the lowest doses cause DNA endocrine damage especially in small animals like children.  Who eats processed carbohydrates? Children probably eat the most processed carbs. So that is why consumer groups and NYS Senator Chuck Schummer are calling for a ban on ADA. Some European countries and Australia already ban ADA.

The World Health Organization says that ADA can induce asthma and other respiratory conditions.  People who work with ADA can get skin eruptions and sensitivity from this chemical. This is another reason to avoid processed grains and why these products should not go into your shopping cart.  Is ADA in gluten-free products at the health food store?  Good question.  I don't know, but since it is approved there are no required labels.  Fight back with consumer choice and wonder no more.      

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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