Posted by: Farhad | December 18, 2008

Potassium Bromate in bread, baked goods, pumpkin seeds and more…

There is no doubt that most of the packaged food we buy at the grocery store is full of harmful additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors, but once in a while you come across some innocent sounding names that may not sound so suspiscious but upon investigation you find out that they are quite harmful.

One such chemical is potassium bromate. You can do a simple search on Google for this chemical and you’ll find a ton of resources.

The book “Skinny Bitch” describes potassium bromate as: “Found in baked goods, can cause cancer, kidney, and nervous system disorders. Banned worldwide except for U.S. and Japan”.

Other researchers know about these effects as well.

  1. Potassium bromate is known to cause kidney damage and is toxic to the kidneys. 1
  2. It does also cause oxidative damage to the mammalian DNA and can cause large deletions in our DNA. 2
  3. The EPA lists the potential health effects of water containing bromate as “increased risk of cancer”. 3
  4. I wonder what other health effects this wonder “food additive” that is considered as “generally safe” might have.

Shouldn’t the FDA know about this? Apparently everyone else does. Shouldn’t the FDA protect us from such chemicals in our foods? Granted there are thousands of chemicals that are created each year and enter our food supply and the FDA does not have the budget nor the man power to research these chemicals. Apparently sending soldiers to the other side of the world to kill people is more important than protecting the health of Americans.

Apparently potassium bromide is also found in processed pumpkin seeds which I did not know until I came across this YouTube video:

Potassium bromate is supposedly used to “strengthen bread dough and improve the quality of flour”, but now it is turning up in Pringles Potato Chips:

According to the last video, it can also be found in dried seaweed from Japan.

So if this information is all over the place and in the media, is it safe to assume that the FDA knows about it? And if they know about it and do nothing, wouldn’t that make them an accomplice to poisoning Americans?

Now I don’t want to get into some kinda crazy conspiracy theory again, but the medical and pharmaceutical industries are definitely having a grand ol’ time profitting from all the nerve damages, kidney failures, and cancers in our society, and I’m sure that you can put 2 and 2 together.

It is interesting that just a day after I started looking into this matter, a friend of mine sends me an email with the title “Photographs of the Year-2008” and guess what’s in there. Check out this photograph and the caption:

“Department of Water and Power workers are emptying out bales of plastic balls in the Ivanhoe reservoir in Los Angeles on Monday, June 9, 2008. Department of Water and Power released about 400,000 black plastic 4-inch balls as the first installment of approximately 3 million to form a floating cover over 7 acres of the reservoir to protect the water from sunlight. When sunlight mixes with the bromide and chlorine in Ivanhoe’s water, the carcinogen bromate can form. (Irfan Khan/AP)”

 

Saving us from Bromate

Saving us from Bromate

 So apparently the Los Angeles DWP knows about it, but not the FDA

 

So what can you do?

Ultimately only YOU are responsible for your health.

So what can you do to protect yourself against potassium bromate and other food additives in general?

  1. Make your own bread. This will be one of the most sastisfying and healthful changes you’ll make to your diet. When you make your own flour, you know what you are putting in there. YOU make the choice and YOU have the power. When you give that power away to someone else to decide what goes in your food and ultimately in your body, then you are at their mercy.
  2. Read labels and check the ingredients of the foods that you eat.
  3. Look up and research the chemicals that you are not familiar with to see what they are and where they are used and what their possible adverse health effects might be.
  4. In my opinion the best thing you can do for your health is to adopt a raw, organic, vegan diet and bypass the entire processed food industry alltogether.

 

1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18092757?ordinalpos=13&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

2
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17428505?ordinalpos=7&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

3
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/contaminants/index.html

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