FOOD BABE TV: Are You Eating This Ingredient Banned All Over The World?

Are you eating this ingredient banned all over the world? Find out on the next episode of Food Babe TV right here:

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Azodicarbonamide 101

  • Azodicarbonamide is a yellow orangish powder, more commonly used commercially in the creation of foamed plastics – like yoga mats, shoe soles, floor mats and window gaskets.
  • The FDA allows food companies to use azodicarbonamide as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner in any food product giving it a status of GRAS or “Generally Regarded As Safe”.
  • But, the FDA doesn’t even keep track of the companies who use azodicarbonamide as an ingredient. The lack of information leads the FDA to not update or include an toxicity information about this ingredient in its EAFUS or “Everything Added to Food in the United States” database.
  • When a truck carrying azodicarbonamide overturned on a Chicago highway in 2001, it prompted city officials to issue the highest hazardous materials alert and evacuate people within a half mile radius! Many of the people on the scene complained of burning eyes and skin irritation as a result. (Source: Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner)
  • The U.K. has recognized azodicarbonamide as a potential cause of asthma if inhaled, and advises against its use in people who have sensitivity to food dye allergies and other common allergies in food, because it can exacerbate the symptoms.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) studied azodicarbonamide, and also linked it to asthma and other allergic reactions.
  • When azodicarbonamide partially degrades with the heat of processing, it forms trace amounts of semicarbazide, which shows carcinogenicity that can result in tumors over time.
  • The United States is one of the only countries in the world that still allows this ingredient in our food supply. It is banned as a food additive in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, and if you get caught using it in Singapore you can get up to 15 years in prison and be fined $450,000. I’d like to see the head of the FDA put in jail for allowing it, wouldn’t you?

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How To Make Oatmeal On The Go

If I was forced to stop at McDonalds for breakfast, had a gun to my head and had to choose something real quick without thinking, I’d probably choose oatmeal. But let’s be real here, I’ve never HAD to go to McDonalds.

Oatmeal is one of the most benign health foods in the world. It’s pretty hard to screw it up but that’s exactly what fast food has done. If you make oatmeal at home, it’s easiest thing to make ever – hot water/milk and some oats straight out of your pantry and voila – you’ve got breakfast with soluble fiber, protein, and real whole grains that will keep you full for hours.

But when you buy it on the run and or get it “to go” because pouring hot or even cold liquid over something straight out of your pantry is just too much for your busy life – you get cheap oils that promote prostate and bone cancer, coloring that could be cancerous, nasty preservatives, heart disease promoting transfat, stabilizer causing intestinal distress, and oh boy – natural flavor that comes from who knows what.

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Eats – Lots of Kale & A Wedding

This is the first weekend I’ve been at home in 4 weeks! Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties & Weddings – whew, partying can be so tiring. I am so happy to relax a bit before things get crazy again. Hope you enjoy a look at what I’ve been eating lately…

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Please note: One thing I haven’t taken any pictures of lately, is the amount of green juice I’ve been having. I’ve been drinking it almost everyday, even when traveling. It’s what kept me sane from being away from home and my normal everyday eats.
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Organic Homemade Starbucks Frappuccino

Wonder why companies like Starbucks don’t list all their ingredients on their website? How many consumers are really willing to call, email and ask busy baristas about the ingredients? I don’t know too many, and Starbucks is betting on us not to ask. When a company makes a decision to release all their food product ingredients on their website, but not the major portion of their product line – their drinks, you’ve just got to wonder why. Are they purposely trying to hide things?

After repeated visits to Starbucks locations and exchanging several emails, I found out the ingredients of their famous frappuccinos and figured out why they want to make it hard for the consumer to get this information.

Just take a look at the ingredients:

Coffee Frappuccino Syrup: Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum (E415), Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Caramel Color (E150d)

 

Light Coffee Frappuccino Syrup: Water, sugar, Erythritol (E968), Natural Flavors, Salt, carrageenan (E407), Xanthan Gum (E415), Maltodextrin, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric Acid (E330), Reb A, Color: Caramel (E150d, E150b)

 

Mocha Sauce: Corn Syrup, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Cocoa (processed with alkali 13%), Potassium Sorbate (preservative E202), Artificial Flavor.

 

Mocha Frappuccino

WATER (ICE), Milk, Coffee flavored Frappuccino Syrup (SUGAR, WATER, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR)), Hydrated coffee (water, Frappuccino roast soluble coffee), hydrated mocha powder (Water, Sugar, Cocoa [processed with alkali], artificial flavor).

 

Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

WATER (ICE), Milk, CRÈME flavored Frappuccino Syrup (WATER, SUGAR, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID), DARK CARAMEL SAUCE (SUGAR, LIQUID INVERT SUGAR, WATER, BUTTER (CREAM, SALT), WHIPPING CREAM, SKIM MILK, NATURAL FLAVORS, SALT, SODIUM BICARBONATE), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR)), CARAMEL flavored Syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR), caramel sauce (Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Butter (Cream, Salt), Heavy Cream, Water, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Natural Flavors, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin), Caramel Sugar (Cane Sugar, Natural Flavors, Salt, Caramel Color, Annatto Color).

 

Cinnamon Dolce Crème Frappuccino

WATER (ICE), Milk, CRÈME flavored Frappuccino Syrup (WATER, SUGAR, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR)), CINNAMON DOLCE FLAVORED Syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CARAMEL COLOR).

 

Vanilla Macchiato

REDUCED FAT Milk, Espresso (Water, Coffee), VANILLA FLAVORED SYRUP (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR), VANILLA FLAVORED SAUCE (Corn Syrup, SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, WATER, BUTTER, HEAVY CREAM, NONFAT DRY MILK, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, XANTHAN GUM).

 

Hot Chocolate

REDUCED FAT MILK, HYDRATED MOCHA POWDER (WATER, SUGAR, COCOA [PROCESSED WITH ALKALI], ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), Sweetened whip cream (Heavy cream, vanilla flavored syrup (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR)), VANILLA FLAVORED SYRUP (SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, POTASSIUM SORBATE [PRESERVATIVE], CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL COLOR).

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A Grande Mocha Frappuccino has 60 grams of nutrition-less sugar. But that’s not all. It contains a seriously alarming ingredient called caramel color.

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