8 foods that contain common anti-freeze ingredient

8 foods that contain common anti-freeze ingredient

Fireball cinnamon whiskey was recently recalled from three countries, including Norway, Sweden and Finland.

This product was recalled, because it contains a common chemical found in antifreeze, called propylene glycol.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. It is used to make polyester compounds, to create artificial smoke, and as a base for deicing solution, just to a name a few. Even though this chemical has been recalled in foods in European countries, it is still found in many foods in the United States.

Let’s look at 8 foods that contain common anti-freeze ingredient propylene glycol.

1. Cake from a box:

Without propylene glycol, this cake mixture would crystalize. This chemical gives it a powder and soft texture.

2. Coffee:

Some flavored coffee beans like nutmeg, French vanilla, pumpkin spice, are treated with propylene glycol so that the beans absorb the flavor.

3. Dessert icing:

Propylene glycol stabilizes the fluffy consistency of frosting for cakes and cookies.

4. Dressings:

Ranch dressing and barbeque sauce often contain propylene glycol, which act as thickening agents for dressings and sauces.

5. Ice cream:

Propylene glycol keeps ice cream from developing ice crystals.

6. Kibbles:

Some forms of kibbles and dog treats contain propylene glycol, which keeps dog food crunchy.

7. Margarine:

This unhealthy butter substitute gets its greasy texture from propylene glycol.

8. Soda:

Almost all soda contains propylene glycol, as it stops the growth of bacteria and locks in maximum flavor.

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1. “8 Foods That Share an Ingredient With Antifreeze.” TakePart. TakePart, n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

2. “Fireball Whisky Recalled In 3 Countries Over Antifreeze Ingredient.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 29 Oct. 2014. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

3. “Public Health Statement for Propylene Glycol.” ATSDR. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2014.

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