What is Propylene Glycol and Why Is It In My Food?
The other day, these salad dressings were on sale at my local supermarket for $.99. I thought I’d take a look at the ingredients and I was shocked! Look at all of those things! After water, the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup…then some cider vinegar…and then MORE SUGAR! If that’s not disturbing enough, we’ve got propylene glycol and a few artificial colors.
A few days ago I gave you a simple guide to make your own salad dressings that need NONE of those extra things. So, will you do it?
Let’s talk a little about propylene glycol. Basically, it’s a plastic resin that has been deemed by the USDA to be “generally” recognized as safe for human consumption. It is the same product that is used as a less-toxic antifreeze, a coolant for some beer fermentation tanks, and to de-ice airplanes. I’m wondering if that’s something we want and/or need in our salad dressing*?
There was a study done (link below) where there were no major health risks to rats that were exposed to high rates of propylene glycol except WEIGHT GAIN. This might not be giving us cancer, but it is more than likely contributing to our weight gain. I’ve just become so disillusioned with the food industry that if I can’t grow it or harvest it, I’m going to do some research before I put it in my body. Propylene Glycol—you’re on my list.
*this ingredient can be found in a number of items in the grocery store including bakery items like cupcakes, cakes, and cookies and can also be listed using the acronyms PG or MPG.