Is there antifreeze in your favorite nutrition bar?

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Beware this dirty food additive: propylene glycol (PG).
This sweet-tasting chemical has many applications: it’s used in making plastic,  paint, electronic cigarettes, solvents, automotive antifreeze, and of course,  as a food preservative.

In a study by Karlstad University, PG has been linked to an increased risk of asthma, hay fever, eczema, and allergies, with increased risk ranging from 50% to 180%. 

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) cites it as a hazardous substance,  causing liver,  kidney,  and skin damage upon contact.

Other studies done in vitro on mammals have found cell mutations.

In Europe,  PG is limited to non-food uses,  while our FDA labels it as safe for human consumption. The popular nutrition bar you see here is marketed for its health benefits. The front label deems it a “high protein energy bar” with low calories and carbs, and 3 grams of fiber.  Sounds great,  huh? The only thing they seemed to leave out on the label is this bar’s ability to de-ice airplanes…

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