Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thank you Subway...

... for removing Azodiacarbonamide from their bread… this chemical, though approved by the USDA & the FDA (1) is banned in other countries...

Are you shocked? Yes? No? Me? 

Not so much... 

The further I dive down this rabbit hole of nutrition and finding what works best for me, my body and my family I'm realizing a person needs to check the labels & do their own digging. You just can't trust Big Brother fully okay? Just making sure in case no one told you ;). Granted, life would be awesome if we could be that carefree about it, but who wants to live a lie and in the process age without grace as what "food" they were feeding themselves brings about obesity, toxicity, infertility, etc.or in some cases, their ultimate doom. 

Yes, I went there. Dramatic no? ;) 

I don't want that, so I bother to spend the time and work to be adamant about caring and educating myself. 

When I see an ingredient in anything I put in or on my body that I don't recognize I google it. My trusted source (so far ;)) has been wikipedia

Just this week, looking at a supplement ingredient list I saw Sodium Dioxide & Calcium Searatate... they sounded funky but since at the cellular level our bodies are a conglomerate of amino acids and other fun scientific words, I'm going to find out if these two ingredients are harmful or beneficial for my body. Wikipedia didn't have any red flags for either. Nice. Later down the list I found Titanium Dioxide as a supplement ingredient and lo and behold; 

"Titanium dioxide dust, when inhaled, has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen, meaning it is possibly carcinogenic to humans.[55]

Interpret that how you will. I don't want that stuff near my body if I can help it, though yes, this ingredient is not only in supplements, it's in sunscreens, cosmetics, chewing gum, etc. 

 "The United States and Canada permit the use of azodicarbonamide at levels up to 45 ppm.[6][7] In Australia, the UK , and Europe the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned[8]. In Singapore, use is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000." (3)

This is some crazy stuff huh? All the more reason to be informed and do the research yourself. 

Here's to your health my friends! Till next time! ;) 


1 - http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/02/05/subway-fast-food-chemicals-in-food/5236537/

2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_dioxide

3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azodicarbonamide

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