white loafSome things just don’t belong on your plate. No, I am not talking about daisies. They are looking more and more innocuous by the minute. In comparison with the average bakery item sitting on the shelves of your local grocery store, they are downright delectable.

On the other hand, yoga mats, no matter how much “om” they come with, are one of those things that do not belong anywhere near your plate. You might be saying, “yoga mats? Never!!” but chances are you have already been nibbling on some less than appetizing azodicarbonamide.

Azodicarbonamide’s only contribution to your food is adding a chewy, swollen, impossibly fluffy texture to your baked goods. Well, if you think that’s not so bad, consider that in the process, it could be causing you to suffer from respiratory issues, allergies and asthma. There is no further research done on the effect of frequent ingestion of azodicarbonamide, although it is suspected to be hazardous in other ways as well.

Compounding the dangers of this additive is the fact that it can be found in more than 500 items of habitual consumption by the average American. Think for a moment about children who eat more than a few of these products every day. Nobody really knows what toxic effects it could have on its own or in combination with any number of other additives already present in food.

Currently, Australia and Europe have already banned the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive. The FDA allows its use in the United States. Included in this article is a thorough list of products that contain azodicarbonamide. You might want to avoid them in your next meal.

Learn more about avoiding azodicarbonamide here.

A bit of humor does not hurt either. Watch Jon Stewart’s very funny commentary here.