Food ingredients getting scarier

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Editor: What is in our food? Do you read labels? It is scary. Over the last 10 years or so, I have started to pay close attention to the ingredients in food and I am getting very concerned. There are so many things added to food that I had to take on a very strong attitude, if I cannot pronounce the ingredient or I do not know what it is, I don’t buy it.

The food industry and government agencies that tell us this or that ingredient is safe for human consumption. However, there are many ingredients still in use in Canada that have been banned in other countries, why?

One example of this is azodicarbonamide, also listed as ADA on labels. This is found in many commercial breads, donuts and hot dog buns, etc. When the bread is baked at high temperatures, the AFA causes two other chemicals to be released: “urethane, a recognized carcinogen, and semicarbazide, which causes cancers of the lung and blood vessels in mice but poses a negligible risk to humans” ( Center for Science in the Public Interest). However the ingredient list will only include the ADA and not the other two released carcinogenic chemicals.

In this day and age, the Internet provides us with an encyclopedia of information on anything we want. You do have to sift through a lot of it and check out the source of the information. The food producers will give you all kinds of data telling you how safe these chemicals are because they need to preserve their product on the shelf until it sells, it is all about money.

Take charge of your health, read labels and eat locally. You will see definite benefits in the way you feel in the long run.

Anne Gallant,


Organizations: ADA, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Geographic location: Canada, Kensington

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