Are you eating yoga mats?
It really doesn't take much to bake a loaf of bread. All you need is flour, water, a little bit of yeast and azodicarbonamide.
That's been the recipe going back to the Old Testament days -- and in Exodus, the bread was even made without yeast.
But look at the ingredients on a package of bread these days, and you'll find a whole list of junk that didn't even exist until modern times -- unpronounceable names such as azodicarbonamide, or ADA.
This chemical isn't food. It's a foaming agent commonly used to add some fluff to plastics, like what you'll find in yoga mats and flip-flops.
Since it also helps make dough rise faster, it's been dumped into commercial breads despite no real studies showing what eating yoga mats and flip-flops will do to humans.
And the studies we do have -- on the people who work with the chemical -- show ADA can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation.
Azodicarbonamide made headlines recently when the Subway sandwich chain bowed to public pressure and promised to remove it from its bread (not that it'll make a sandwich loaded with processed meats much healthier).
But it's still in hundreds of other commercial foods, including more than a few you'll probably find in your own home right now. It's in breads, bagels, pizzas, tortillas and more.
If the item contains some kind of bread-like ingredient, even if it's just a crust, than there's at least a chance it has ADA. In fact, a recent report from the Environmental Working Group finds some 500 common products, from names you know, that contain this chemical.
Call it another reason to pay close attention to what you eat and to get back to basics when it comes to your diet.
Instead of yoga mats and flip-flops, eat only fresh foods you can make yourself. And when you do buy packaged foods (we all do), at least stick to natural and organic foods where you can read and understand every item on the ingredients panel.
And if there's a multisyllabic item on the label you can't even pronounce, put it back on the shelf.