Plastic compounds used in shampoos and caulking are classified as food additives

Plastic compounds used in shampoos and caulking are classified as food additives

Friday, February 06, 2015 by: Talya Dagan

Many chemical compounds are approved by the FDA for use as food additives. One case in point is the chemical polydimethylsiloxane.

Though the additive is approved for use by the FDA, it is certainly not something that would have been eaten by our ancestors. It does not occur naturally in the world. Our bodies are not meant to eat these types of chemicals, and at best, consumption of polydimethylsiloxane can create more work for our bodies to eliminate.

The best foods are those that are the closest to the way they are grown or cultivated. An apple from a tree, for instance, is a healthy food choice that provides complex nutrients with little toxic overloads to the body. An apple does not need a defoaming agent.

What is polydimethylsiloxane?

Polydimethylsiloxane is a silicone compound that is used as a food additive. It is also used in shampoos, contact lenses, and medical devices, as well as in caulking, cosmetics and the toy, Silly Putty. Polydimethylsiloxane is classified as non-toxic by the FDA; however, it is not biodegradable and is no longer used in breast implants because of concerns about its safety.

About defoaming agents

The FDA has classified polydimethylsiloxane as an acceptable food additive to be used as a defoaming agent. It is listed under “Sec. 176.200 Defoaming agents used in coatings.” Defoaming agents that are classified in this section are used in manufacturing, packaging and holding food. Formaldehyde is also listed as an anti-foaming, or defoaming, agent by the FDA, even though it is a known carcinogen and classified as such by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Polydimethylsiloxane use in foods

Polydimethylsiloxane has been used by Domino’s Pizza to make breadsticks and garlic butter oil. It has also been used by McDonald’s in their cooking oil, thereby adding polydimethylsiloxane to the French fries and chicken nuggets. Wendy’s has also been known to add polydimethylsiloxane to their cooking oils, and Pizza Hut has used polydimethylsiloxane in their cheese. It is not known if these companies still include polydimethylsiloxane in their food production, but if so, it is entirely within the law and protected by the FDA. The chemical may or may not cause harm, but it is likely not adding any nutritional benefit to the diet, as most human body parts do not need defoaming.

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