As I was enjoying an early evening snack of newly-purchased garlic-radish dip (made by a local farm in PA), I perused the list of ingredients…and there it was…..CALIUM DISODIUM EDTA.What the heck is that???
Mid-swallow, I did a quick Google search. Here's what I found:
EDTA is commercially manufactured from ethylenediamine, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide.
Health Hazards Related to Disodium EDTA
In food, this stuff is used both as a preservative and color preserver. It's also used medically to treat lead poisoning.
YIKES!!! Upon further scrutiny, I found this nasty ingredient lurking elsewhere in my fridge--in commercial mayonnaise and salad dressing. I don't consume either, but my husband is fond of Hellman's and Kraft Thousand Island, so I've (perhaps out of convenience??) been ignoring this scary sounding stuff. No more head in the sand!!!
Keep your eyes peeled for this nasty stuff--and let me know where you find it!
My new mission---to make homemade mayonnaise. I'll be scouring for recipes….and promise to post the one I like best very soon!
Meantime, here's a commercial mayo I plan to try. It's not perfect (I'd prefer an olive oil-based mayo), but it's a heck of a lot better than what's on the supermarket shelves.
Ingredients: Nutrition Facts
Other Ingredients: Water, cold pressed hemp seed oil (18%), rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, pasteurized free range egg yolk (7%), white wine vinegar, sugar, prepared dijon mustard (water, mustard seeds, distilled vinegar, salt), fruit fiber, salt, concentrated lemon juice, stabilizer: xanthan gum.
In good health,