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March 05, 2014

“AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” He Explained

There have been some concerns raised lately regarding the safety of a common food additive called azodicarbonamide, or “ADA,” which is used mostly to soften the texture of baked goods.  While recognized as safe by the FDA, some people have cited research calling this into question, pointing out that ADA breaks down into urethane, which can be toxic.

If you are like most Planet Moron Readers, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Unless they’re adding it to gin, cigarettes, or despair, it doesn’t really affect me.”

Also, “I could see how that could be something worth looking into, but certainly nothing go get hysterical about.”

And that’s the problem. You’re not going to get frenzied headlines over an obscure substance that has for decades been used widely in food with little obvious ill effect.

But that’s a problem that’s easily resolved. All you have to do is point out that ADA is also used in industrial applications such as in the production of foamed plastics as a blowing agent.  What good does knowing that do you?

Nearly 500 ways to make a yoga mat sandwich

Group warns almost 500 products contain chemical found in yoga mats

‘Yoga mat’ chemical azodicarbonamide found in nearly 500 grocery store food items: report 

And just like that, we have ourselves a national health crisis.

Now, if someone wants to argue with you, noting that bread without ADA still has urethane, you can point out that they are eating yoga mats. And when they add that the mere act of toasting a slice of ADA-free bread produces far more urethane, you can say they might as well be toasting a yoga mat, and how about some butter for that yoga mat, you yoga mat eater

Also, yoga mat.

See how much easier non-sequiturs make having what would otherwise be a boring debate over scientific merit?

Intrigued by the potential for creating wholly pointless hysteria, Planet Moron launched an extensive investigation that included wandering around our kitchen in pajamas, and has uncovered disturbing evidence that our food, the food you feed your family, the food you provide to your innocent, trusting, children, contains substances that are also used in totally unrelated products that sound scary.

For example, there’s calcium carbonate.  That sounds kind of chemically.  It can be used as a preservative and also as a color retainer on such foods as organic apples.

You know what else calcium carbonate can be used for? Filler in unplasticized polyvinyl chloride drain pipe!

That’s right, when you’re eating an organic apple, you’re basically sucking on a drain pipe.

And it gets even worse. Take this common bottle of salad dressing. 


Looks benign enough, and eating salads is healthy!  Well, take a closer look.


That salad dressing of yours contains vinegar. You know what else has vinegar? Yeah, that’s right. Forget Wishbone, think Windex.

Vinegar 3 Vinegar 4

How does dumping a bottle of Italian window cleaner all over your greens sound, huh?  Clearly we must act now to see to it that this powerful industrial detergent is removed from all salad dressings.

Well, all this talk of food has made us hungry. A nice big bowl of aircraft-de-icing fluid sounds just about right.


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I hope they add it to bourbon. Then I can say I do yoga regularly.

Posted by: Michael | Mar 6, 2014 1:04:36 PM

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