How Do You Take Your Anti-Freeze?

“This is an important piece of information – bad news, but important. It is about  foods that contain propylene glycol, the same ingredient that is in anti-freeze. It’s important because these foods are pretty normal for many people’s lives!”  ~~Denise Kennedy~~

November 21, 2014 | Written by staff member Trish McGee

It is disturbing to learn about some of the ingredients that are in our food. In particular, Propylene Glycol, an ingredient in anti-freeze! It becomes more concerning when a harmful substance is found to be in every day foods in most American households.

Propylene glycol (PG) can cause kidney damage when consumed in larger doses. Another common symptom due to contact with this chemical, is severe skin irritation and rashes, yet they allow its use.  *American products are legally allowed to have up to 5.0 grams of PG for every kilogram of body weight. European laws state that formulas can only contain 0.1 gram of PG per kilogram per body weight. Europeans banned

Here are 5 foods and beverages with ‘propylene glycol’ listed in their ingredient list. We chose the most common items found in most American homes.   


1. Tastes Like Butter . . .

Margarine is a lot like butter, but it’s not! It gets its creamy texture from propylene glycol instead of animal fat that gives butter its creamy, rich consistency.

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Dr Jonathan Galland

2. UN – Super-Size It!

Pop, Soda, Soda Pop, and most carbonated drinks contain propylene glycol. Manufacturers use it because it keeps bacteria growth to a minimum and it distributes fatty acids more evenly so the flavors are more consistent.


3. Marinades and Dressing and Sauces and . . .

Used mainly as a thickener and emulsifier, propylene glycol is in Commercial condiments like salad dressing, marinade, Bar-B-Q sauce, etc. The scary truth is most low fat and fat-free varieties need it to keep them thick. Otherwise, they would be thin and runny. Make your own and add Chia seeds. They are one of the TOP 5 healthiest seeds/nuts in the world. When mixed with liquid or soft food (yogurt), they soften and thicken naturally. It is similar to tapioca.


4. Chemically Engineered Coffee  ( flavored coffee)

( This One Broke Our Hearts!) Flavored coffees such as French vanilla, mocha or pumpkin spice and so many more we have come to know and love, would not be as flavorful without propylene glycol. Coffee shops like Starbucks®™ use syrups to flavor the coffee after brewing. Chemically Engineered Coffee flavors, which contain propylene glycol, are added during brewing, propylene glycol allows the coffee beans to absorb the preservative while roasting.




5. You Can Have Your Cake, But You Have to Eat it Too . . .

Propylene glycol gives dry cake mix its soft, powdery texture. Without the additive, the mixture would crystallize.





*Information:  Food Industries Manual . . .  Dow Chemical Company . . .” and “Food Inc”


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