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Do your buns taste like gym mats? The where's azodicarbonamide game - McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, BK, KFC, etc [moved from General Topics]

rworange | Nov 6, 201107:39 PM     46

I think I had my last fast food burger at McDonald's today. Maybe it was the power of suggesttion but I thought "you know, this DOES taste like what chewing on a gym mat might.

The press was all a twitter about azodicarbonamide being in the McRib bun. They leaped like lemmings off a cliff following a blog that decided to report ... out of context ... that it was in the McRib bun.

Yes it is. But it is also in most fast food buns and supermarket bread.

Wiki pretty much says what most sites say ... it is a "flour bleaching agent and improving agent."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azodicar...

Wiki goes on "The principal use of azodicarbonamide is in the production of foamed plastics as an additive ... Common examples of this application are window and door gaskets, padded floor mats, gym/exercise mats, shoe soles, etc."

It is banned in Europe because of the belief that it could cause respitory problems such as asthma. There are other possible health issues.

http://blog.foodfacts.com/index.php/2...

The big story was NOT that it was in the McRib bun. The big story is that it is in almost every bun. However, it seems journalism standards have dropped these days.

Anyway, I figured I'd buy a basic McDonald's cheeseburger and this time pay attention to the bun. I took a couple of bites and couldn't finish it. It tasted like floor padding.

A little knowledge ... and the power of suggestion ... can be a dangerous thing,

A few more links ... I was lazy ... there are a zillion of them. These are just the first few that showed up in Goggle.

http://earthdump.com/2010/10/26/azodi...

http://www.inchem.org/documents/cicad...

http://apps.who.int/bookorders/anglai...

http://adventofdeception.com/bromide-...

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