Potassium Bromate

What is Potassium Bromate?

Potassium Bromate is an oxidizer. It is banned in countries. Some examples are China, Brazil, Canada, and the European Union. It is banned in these countries because of the health risks, yet it is still legal in America.

What does it do to your food?

Potassium bromate strengthens the dough in bread and other baked goods so it is easier to bake. This additive also makes the dough rise more when it is baking in the oven.

What are the dangers to your health?

Potassium Bromate can be very dangerous. It has been proved to cause cancer and tumors in mice, which is why it is banned in so many countries. The FDA recognized its danger, but instead of completely banning it, they only tried to convince bakers to stop using it, but that didn't work out too well.

What food do you find it in? Give examples of common everyday foods.

You mainly find this additive in bread and other baked goods, because it helps make the baking process easier. It can also be found in pizza dough, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, rolls, and biscuits.

Are there any health benefits?

No, there are no health benefits to this additive. If anything it's more dangerous because of the cancer and tumors it has given to rats and mice.