12 Chemicals You Didn’t Know Were in Your Food

Azodicarbonamide (ADA)

ADA is an FDA-approved chemical used as a whitening agent in cereal flour and a dough conditioner in bread baking. After extensive, multi-year studies looking for negative side effects of the chemical, the FDA deemed it safe for the food industry’s use.

“Based on the science, FDA is not recommending that consumers change their diets because of exposure to ADA,” the organization says. ADA must be listed on the ingredient label of any bread or cereal that includes it in production.

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