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Are You Drinking Antifreeze? Popular Whiskey Brand Contains Propylene Glycolin

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Europe was shocked to discover they have been drinking antifreeze. Propylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze, was found in Cinnamon Fireball Whisky and have since pulled the product from their shelves.

Drinking Antifreeze in Whiskey

The thought of drinking antifreeze chemicals could make anyone want to take a step back and second guess the drink they have been regularly purchasing.  That’s why Norway, Sweden, and Finland took quick action by removing Cinnamon Fireball Whisky rather quickly. The U.S. seems to disagree with the recall. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  claims that the active ingredient propylene glycol was not considered harmful in food and is added to strengthen the taste.  This didn’t persuade  Clay Risen of the New York Times, who said, “To suddenly be told the drink that you love, and maybe the drink that you drank last weekend, potentially has some harmful ingredients, I think people will really go into a panic.”

Dangers of Drinking Antifreeze: Propylene Glycol

Even if the FDA makes claims that consuming small amounts of propylene glycol shouldn’t cause damage, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) has a difference of opinion.  It was argued that the chemicals were still toxic, particularly for those with pre-existing skin or eyes issues.  When compared to ethylene glycol, which was found to be harmful to animals, the substance was said to be less hazardous but not necessarily safe itself.  The truth about propylene glycol is that in larger quantities, the chemical can negatively affect the kidneys and liver.  If it reaches the outer layer of the skin, it can cause an unwanted reaction, and in some cases burning or itching can occur.  Ingesting the substance can have poisonous consequences that include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, problems with bowels, and other health complications.  For the public to hear that some Cinnamon Fireball Whisky products had contained, at the very least, traces of propylene glycol, it is extremely concerning because it compares to the likes of drinking antifreeze which is composed of the same potent chemical.

Other Products with Chemicals

If you thought drinking antifreeze was bad, you might be shocked to learn that  Cinnamon Fireball Whisky is not the first product found to contain undesirable chemicals.  Subway was recently put in a hot spot when a chemical called azodicarbonamide, which is typically in used in the making of yoga mats, was discovered in their bread.  Among other food-related companies, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola had to make changes in regards to using brominated vegetable oil in foods and specifically sodas in Australia, Europe, India, Japan, and throughout the rest of North America.  Foods that contain color dyes – like most macaroni-and-cheese mixes, jell-o’s, and candy – are prohibited in Norway and Austria; at the very least, they are mandated to have a written label that they contain such ingredients in them as a warning to the consumer because of the health risks that the dyes pose.

It’s interesting that even with regulations like those of the FDA in the U.S., and Europe’s alleged tight restrictions on food products, chemicals still end up being found in what people are drinking or eating.  Being aware of what you are ingesting and how your body reacts is important because you never know the damage that could result from something that may seem harmless.  For all you know, you could be drinking antifreeze chemicals!

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