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“Antifreeze in your salad dressing? 7 ingredients that sound toxic but are safe”
By Madelyn Fernstrom TODAY health and diet editor
June 17, 2014
When you read the ingredient label of many packaged foods, youâ€™ll often see lots of ingredients that you canâ€™t pronounce. Do they pose any danger to your health?
While some of these ingredients are found in non-food items (like shampoos and cosmetics), the comparison ends there. Despite scare-mongering headlines like “yoga mat material in your sandwich!” ingredients in ANY food are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for both purity and amount included. Only purified food-grade quality ingredients are approved for use in edibles, and the amounts are tiny, when compared to non-food products. Itâ€™s the biological properties of the ingredientâ€” like thickening, emulsifying, or absorbing moisture â€” that are similar.
So, the short answer is â€”no, the following seven ingredients won’t harm you in the trace amounts found in foods.
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