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Read Your Labels | Azodicarbonamide

Written by on January 8, 2020


🚨 Warning: Cancer Causing

Possible long-term side effects

  • dermatitis
  • cell mutations
  • disrupted hormone function
  • neurological disorders
  • immune deficiencies
  • cancer

Possible short-term side effects

  • skin irritation
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • respiratory problems

🍴 Commonly found in

  • processed bread products:
  • bagels
  • muffins
  • hot dog buns
  • tortillas
  • frozen pizzas

Azodicarbonamide (ADA) is bad for you. ADA is a chemical used in industrial processes to increases the elasticity of rubbers and plastics. As with any other chemical food additive, consuming ADA excessively can lead to serious health problems.

Many of our favorite foods can date back to ancient times, and an example is the bread that has been in existence for over thirty thousand years. There is no question that the techniques used to cook foods, such as bread, have changed over the years to accommodate changes in people’s technology and preferences. Some types of food would have gone bad in the past within a day or two of preparation.

As a result, significant improvements have been made in food preparation such as the use of chemicals and additives to extend the longevity of these foods. ADA has two important roles in food production. The first role played by ADA is to make bread whiter as a bleaching agent for flour. Bread is not very’ good’ in its natural colour. Similar to the world’s fascination with artificial colors, to make them’ prettier,’ other foods are bleached. The second use for the chemical is to prepare dough to improve its ability to keep gas in, improving the bread’s texture.

The chemical may cause breathing problems, such as asthma, allergies, skin irritations, and dermatitis, according to research. As it was associated with cancer in laboratory animals, ADA is considered a carcinogen. As a result of the injection of ADA into the animal test subjects, scientists have observed cell mutations, impaired hormone regulation, neurological disorders, and immune deficiencies.

In one of the studies, after being injected with a high dose of ADA, a rat died immediately. These risks are, however, only as a result of exposure to the chemical’s massive amounts. Health experts say the level of risk is therefore uncertain, the exposure levels should be reduced as much as possible.

Health authorities have suggested that companies producing bread products use a minimum quantity of the chemical and show the quantities used in each packaging of their flour products. Next time you go to the grocery store, try some sprouted grain bread, such as Ezekiel4:9 Food for Life, and double check all your dough labels to make sure your snack doesn’t contain any ADA.

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