“It’s only funny until someone loses an eye.” My Mother
One of my favorite online ads is the one that warns of Five Foods You Should Never Eat! Being part of the human race and searching for things I can control, I generally read such lists. Perhaps I can control my health. Food seems like a good venue to do that.
We’re also told, through diets and diet books (a very lucrative market), that we CAN control our health if we eat the right things at the right time of day when the moon is in the correct phase, and our partners say, “Yes, dear,” without a sarcastic twang in their voice.
After thinking about the Five Food Fad I decided it would be fun to compose a humorous list of such foods, such as, fuzzy foods from the back of the fridge or plastic foods from a child’s play kitchens. Hilarious!
So I looked up plastic food. What I found is azodicarbonamide, or ADA, which is used in the plastics and rubber industry in products like yoga mats and flip-flops. ADA is also used as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner in numerous foods sold in the US. It’s banned as a food additive in Australia and the European Union.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) scanned the lists of ingredients for more than 80,000 foods and found, according to their report, ADA listed as an ingredient in nearly 500 foods. Lots of breads on the market and fast food establishment use it, but many are discontinuing its use due to the negative outcry from the public.
But not to fear. There’s some assurance that AGA breaks down during the baking process and we don’t actually eat ADA but rather eat its byproducts. These byproducts include semicarbazide and ethyl carbamate. Ethyl carbamate was actually used as a medicine at one time (cheers!) until it was discovered that it caused cancer in rats (oops!). Time to change the subject.
Did you ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible.
This was supposed to be funny? I’m going to stop right here.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.