Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Pesticide in Nondairy Creamer?

It's always fun to get under the hood of your favorite foods, isn't it? Well, it's probably not fun, but it is a smart thing to do. This week, our friends at Wired magazine did a "What's Inside" column on powdered nondairy creamer, and as you would expect, there are some big, big surprises. Hell, they wouldn't have run the column if it weren't a shocker, would they?

First of all, powdered nondairy creamer is an explosive! Seriously, according to Wired, when "dispersed in the air like a cloud," nondairy creamer can explode. "Just one spark," they say, is all it takes, and "kaboom!"

If that doesn't worry you, consider that one of the ingredients in nondairy creamer, dipotassium phosphate, is used as a pesticide and serves as a key ingredient in fertilizer.

Are you a vegan? If so, nondairy creamer needs to be crossed off your list of acceptable eats. According to the Wired piece, sodium caseinate, another ingredient in nondairy creamer, "is a protein found in cow's milk."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.