A possible link between processed foods and disabilityc

In previous posts, we’ve explored some of the theories why Americans have a higher incidence of certain disabling conditions, including many types of cancers, cardiovascular disease and other impairments. A Social Security disability attorney knows that the number of disabled Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits has increased in the past twenty years.

A recent discovery about a chemical called ADA, or azodicarbonamide, may provide an additional theory as to the seeming increase in American disability rates. Specifically, researchers have discovered that ADA is also a listed ingredient in perhaps as many as 500 food products.

ADA is used as a chemical foaming agent to make lightweight and spongy plastic products. For example, it’s a chemical used in yoga mats. Apparently, the spongy effect of ADA can also make processed foods and fast food breads appear more attractive. Food brands like Subway sandwich bread, Sara Lee, Little Debbie, Pillsbury and Jimmy Dean all use the ingredient.

Although it may seem common sense to be wary of using a chemical agent in foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration actually permits the product in small concentrations: under 45 parts per million. Not all health authorities agree with that practice, however. The FDA’s counterparts in the European Union and Australia do not permit ADA as a food additive -- in any concentration.

According to studies by the World Health Organization, ADA may be a contributing cause of medical conditions like respiratory or skin problems. For individuals with conditions that no longer make it possible to work in their field, an SSDI attorney can help advise them of available programs for assistance.

Source: The State Column, “’Yoga mat’ chemical turns up in roughly 500 foot items,” Lisa Rennie, March 2, 2014