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#7: Bread with Potassium Bromate


You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours. The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.

Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen.


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Asked by fiatpax at 2:16 PM on Sep. 22, 2013 in Health

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Answers (4)
  • food is becoming dangerous.

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 2:19 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • Do they just go around looking for toxic shit to add to our foods

    Answer by Ballad at 3:30 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • Seriously? Even our bread? Can't they leave something alone?

    Answer by May-20 at 4:52 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

  • You're killing me here. Is nothing safe from your gloom & doom reports today?! lol :p

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:56 PM on Sep. 22, 2013

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