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It’s Found in What?!

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Tert-Butylhydroquinone.  Butylated hydroxytoluene. Butylated hydroxyanisole. Polyglycerol polyricinoleate. These chemical compounds are also known as TBHQ, BHT, and BHA, and PGPR.  You can find these abbreviations on boxes of foods that we eat every day. We eat the foods because we don’t know what’s really in them.

These unfamiliar terms are preservatives found in many processed wheat products. The same chemicals can be found in a variety of other products and drugs, but also found in gasoline and explosives. In addition to countless illnesses and deaths, tests of these chemicals on animals have caused cancer, so it is expected to do the same for humans. But because we don’t know exactly how these chemicals work in our bodies and how bad the effects are, scientists say it is okay to consume them, but in moderation. But if you are someone who is concerned with this, don’t eat these foods at all.  Facts on these chemicals are not set in stone. We do not know exactly what they will do to us.

Carcinogen:  a substance that is known to cause cancer

The chemical azodicarbonamide is used in synthetic leathers, plastics, and yoga mats to increase elasticity and are also found in almost 500 foods sold in the US, including the bread found at Subway. They have announced that they will eliminate ADA, which is used as a dough conditioner. Subway, though, shouldn’t be the only company altering their recipes. Grocery store and restaurant breads have been found to contain ADA, as well as food from McDonald’s, Starbucks and Arby’s. The FDA has allowed, but limited the amount of this unnecessary chemical used. But because the chemical can result in respiratory problems and skin irritations, the FDA should completely ban it.

Many people think these foods are hard to  give up – they are found in our favorite foods. They range from cereals to crackers to candies. But worst of all, the world’s most common habit – gum. The average person will chew 300 sticks of gum in one year. That is a lot of BHT they are taking in!

The United States has food laws that are not comparable to those of other countries. The things that our country allows in our foods are awful. The government will not act against these laws because of the money they get in return. Despite the Delaney Amendment (banning carcinogenic chemicals in foods), the FDA continues to regard them as safe. It does not protect its people in the way that they are supposed to. They push issues to the side, hoping they will go away, but we deserve to be informed and protected!

If the country will not make changes for the sake of its people, we have to make changes as individuals. We can read food labels or buy organic foods. We need to make healthy choices for ourselves, but sometimes we don’t know what is healthy because we are not informed.

Avoid Food Additives!

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  1. George Qu on January 22nd, 2016 8:21 am

    Azodicarbonamide is added to bread in very, very small quantities. The amount of azodicarbonamide in bread will not harm you.

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  2. Adrian Cummings on February 2nd, 2017 7:35 am

    Okay, I love how you got to the point, but I am now terrified to eat.

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It’s Found in What?!