Did you know that those tasty Entenmann’s bakery treats contain one of the same ingredients as vape juices, specifically propylene glycol? Sometimes referred to as PG, this strangely-named substance often gets a bad reputation. In fact, many anti-tobacco activists love to spread the #FakeNews story that vaping propylene glycol is akin to vaping antifreeze. So, who started this lie and what are the real facts?
This rumor began spreading online as early as 2015, right about the time that the vaping movement was picking up steam. It is unclear who actually started the rumor, but it is based on the simple fact that many manufacturers of antifreeze today now include the non-toxic ingredient of propylene glycol in their products.
Why? Because several years ago, there was a surge of news reports citing antifreeze poisoning of small children and family pets. To make the products less harmful due to possible accidental ingestion, manufacturers diluted antifreeze’s toxicity by adding a bit of propylene glycol.
Propylene glycol is not antifreeze, and anti-freeze is not propylene glycol.
Just because an otherwise poisonous product contains certain ingredients does not mean that all of the product’s ingredients are poisonous. It’s the same argument that anti-vapers cite about nicotine. Since tobacco cigarettes contain nicotine, and cigarettes cause cancer, then all nicotine products must be carcinogenic.
This is complete hogwash, too. Case in point: Eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes contain steady amounts of nicotine. And the FDA isn’t rushing to ban these items from grocery store shelves. Propylene glycol was added to antifreeze to make it safer, not to make it more harmful. Even the FDA says that antifreeze ingredient propylene glycol is safe to eat.
Foods that contain propylene glycol
The primary ingredients of e-liquids used in vaping are propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, some liquid nicotine extract, and those special, delicious flavorings. We already know that nicotine is found in common foods found in the produce section, and perhaps you already know that vegetable glycerin is commonly found in margarines and even toothpaste. But what are some examples of foods containing propylene glycol? Here’s a short list.
- Betty Crocker ready-to-serve cake frostings
- Numerous Betty Crocker cake mixes
- Dunkin Donuts flavored teas and other name brands
- Eddy’s peppermint ice cream
- Multiple flavors of Coldstone Creamery Ice creams
- Several of the McCormick’s food colorings used to die Easter Eggs and other bakery items
- And of course, those addictive Entenmann’s lemon coconut cakes, chocolate cakes, and Little Bites brownies
As far back as the 1940s, scientists have known that vaporized propylene glycol is non-toxic and safe for human consumption. In fact, a world-class scientist by the name of Dr. Theodore Puck even discovered that vaping propylene glycol kills airborne bacteria like pneumococci, streptococci and staphylococci. So, the next time someone tells you that vaping is just like drinking antifreeze, don’t believe them. Refer them to the Dr. Puck research from the below link. Vaping is not only safe. Vaping saves lives.
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