We all know that fast food is bad for us, but until today I didn't realize how bad. Thanks to foodbabe.com, my eyes have been opened to an ingredient called Dimethylpolysiloxane. This particular ingredient defined by Merriam Websters Dictionary is a polymer of silicone. When you look at the ingredients in silly putty it too has polymer of silicone. So what does this have to do with fast food? Well according to Vani aka Food Babe
"Dimethylsiloxane is commonly used in vinegary-smelling silicone caulks, adhesives, and aquarium sealants, a component in silicone grease and other silicone based lubricants, as well as in defoaming agents, mold release agents, damping fluids, heat transfer fluids, polishes, cosmetics, hair conditioners AND IN OUR FOOD!"
Not only is this horrible substance in McDonald's french fries but also in most fountain drinks. You may be wondering why the FDA allows this. I would hope by now if you have read my previous blog postings that you cannot trust the FDA to protect us from harmful preservatives or chemicals. Apparently the FDA hasn't tested how this chemical effects humans. Therefore if there is no evidence it is harmful, then every fast food joint can put it in their food.
Here in the U.S. we have not demanded the Government or FDA protect us. In the U.K. they regulate what is put in their foods. Please look below at some of the food comparisons provided by Foodbabe.com.
For even more ingredients (if you can call them that) that the U.S. allows,
As I have said before, it is up to us to educate ourselves in order to live healthier lives. Educate yourself on Initiative 522, the required labeling of Genetic Modified Organisms or GMO's. Please consider signing the petition to General Mills asking them to willfully remove GMO's from all their products.
I hope this information is as eye opening for you as it was for me. Even though I am currently following the 80/20 rule. I will now choose not to indulge my 20% on foods containing Dimethylpolysiloxane.
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