What’s Really Inside Your Fast-Food Sandwich?
>We all try to make healthy
choices when it comes to what we eat, but sometimes
when you’re in a hurry or on the go, dropping into a
fast-food restaurant is a good option.
OK, we know it’s not the best option, but we would
like to feel assured that it won’t put us in harm’s
way, despite the added calories and sodium. In light
of recent headlines over certain fast-food subs,
though, you may want to start packing your own
FDA-Approved Chemicals Hiding in Your Food
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved
an ingredient known as azodicarbonamide (ADA) to be
used in small amounts in food. Check your product
What exactly is ADA and why the fuss? It’s used as a
bleaching agent for flour and a dough conditioner,
so it’s often a key ingredient in baked goods that
gives bread the fluffiness we’ve come to love. That
same spongy bounce you also find in yoga mats—yes,
ADA is used in yoga mats and your sandwich.
ADA Better for Downward Dog
Studies on ADA and humans don’t paint a pretty
picture. The World Health Organization (WHO) has
linked ADA to asthma, chronic inflammatory disease
and skin irritations in workers exposed to the
chemical in production facilities. Other lab studies
connect ADA with high levels of toxicity and mutated
So why is this ingredient safe for consumption, even
in infinitesimal amounts? What is the cumulative
effect of ingestion over time? Who’s to say? The FDA
is collecting more information surrounding ADA.
But have we become so accustomed to the look of what
we eat that we don’t care how it achieves its fluffy
appeal? Not true! We do care about what we eat, and
thousands have signed an online petition to banish
the harmful ingredient from our food.
Still concerned about healthy eating? Know the facts
when it comes to grabbing a quick bite. If you don’t
have time to put together a homemade meal, you want
to be informed about your take-out options.