Before we get to the video, I wanted to share a couple websites that support the “600 pasta shape” fact:
Who doesn’t like a good bowl of pasta?
Well, here is a short video
with some interesting facts
about this tasty dish…
So, why in the world are watermelons in Japan square? According to whataboutwatermelon.com, there are two reasons for this…
Yes, you read that right, silly putty. I used to love to play with silly putty as a kid. Those of you from my generation (I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s) will remember buying and playing with silly putty.
One of my favorite things to do? Press some silly putty on against newspaper cartoons, would transfer the image from the paper to the silly putty.
Good times! Okay, we were easily amused back then. My point is, silly putty was fun to play with, but you don’t want to eat it! So, what does silly putty have to do with food additives and anti-foaming agents and your food? Do you really want to know?
Below the Food Babe talks about the tie between silly putty and your food.
In the video she says.(3)..
So, just what is an anti-foaming agent? (or defoamer, as it’s known in the industry)(1, 3)
Anti-foaming agents stop foam from forming on the surface of liquids. Although used mainly in industrial applications, it is also added to food, for the same purpose. Many oils, silicon and wax agents are used. Some common defoamers include: butter, margarine, lard, corn oil, coconut oil, mineral oil, and vegetabe oil
There are five types of defoamers.
The anti-foaming agents in your food:
Research into anti-foaming agents is ongoing and, as of yet, has not discovered any deadly or particularly toxic side effects. This also means that these substances are being added to food, without knowing what long term effects they will have on the human body. Some studies have indicated that the very nature and properties of the anti-foaming agents, ultimately have detrimental effects on cells and the ability to produce proteins. (5) Whatever the case, it is clear we need more research.
That said, in most cases, these are man made chemicals which are unrecognizable to your body. Any substance, unrecognizable to the body, will have a toxic effect on the liver, whose job it is to cleanse the body of toxins. The liver then stores them away in fatty tissue. If the digestive system is poor or is leaky, these substances could get into the blood stream before properly stored away and will be attacked, leading to allergies, chronic disease or auto-immune disorders.
So it’s time to fall back to my same, age old advice. Stick to a whole food diet, consisting mainly of plants, from all colors of the rainbow. Buy organic, locally grown, pasture-raised food as often as possible. Except for the occasional treat, stay away from fast food and refined/processed food. Then, you won’t have anything to worry about!
Did you know the FDA maintains a database of over 3000 different items, which are added to our food? This series covers the most common of these additives. Today, we continue working our way through the list of additives the FDA deems “safe”, as we discuss anti-caking agents. For the other articles in this series, FOLLOW THIS LINK.
What is an anti-caking agent? (2,3)
These substances are generally used in any product which is powdered or granulated in nature, such as salt, drink mixes, spice mixes, etc. They work in one of two ways, either by absorbing excess moisture or by coating to make the ingredients water repellents. The purpose is to prevent the ingredients in the powder from clumping together. The majority of anti-caking agents aren’t actual food products, which are foreign to our body, making it difficult to digest and break down.
Aluminum – Aluminum Toxicity
Silica is a mineral necessary for the human body. As you can see in the video above, silica is only absorbable in an organic form or food form. The recommended dose of silica is 40 mg/day.Food sources of Silica: (5)
HOWEVER…Most food additives are made from inorganic sources, because it’s easier and cheaper to use. The inorganic form of silicon dioxide is not healthy for the body, nor is it absorbable.
Here is a quote from OSHA regarding Silicon Dioxide:
“Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Additionally, breathing crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal. The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen.”
While it does seem a bit scary to see the word cyanide, from my research, this substance appears to be safe. (If you can consider any chemical “safe”) Ferrocyanide, or cyanide bonded with a IRON molecule, is typically used as a salt, such as potassium ferrocyanide and sodium ferrocyanide. Unlike typical forms of cyanide, ferrocyanide is considered LESS TOXIC, because they “tend not to release the free cyanide.” (7)
With that said, there are certain, very rare conditions, where this substance becomes quite dangerous. Mixing ferrocyanides with hot concentrated acid frees up dangerous amounts of hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. (8) Keep in mind, this reaction happens with pure ferrocyanide, not necessarily a reaction that would occur with your food. It would also need to occur in very large amounts.
Whether they say natural or not, all of these substances are actually man made, with some ingredients POSSIBLY coming from nature. As they are processed, they become man made chemicals, at which time they become unrecognizable to our body. Once ingested, our body needs to do something with them, so they get sent to the liver for detoxification. The liver cleans what it can, then stores the rest in our fatty tissue. This over works our liver, creates fatigue, joint pain, allergies and a host of other issues.
Whether or not they are “safe” isn’t the issue. The issue is, the human body was NEVER meant to ingest and absorb these unnatural substances. As I always say, avoid packaged/refined food and stick with real whole food. That’s your best bet.