8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries

Food poisoning indeed – a friend shared this great article from BuzzFeed. I am just reblogging it below. I hope this serves as a great reminder that we vote with our dollars and if we stop buying this junk we will therefore promote and support natural real products, clean produce, local and humane farming.

8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “food poisoning.” Original list found in Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s new book, Rich Food, Poor Food.posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:30pm EDT

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1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and TAR! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.

For more information on artificial dyes, visit 100 Days of Real Food.

2. Olestra (or Olean): Lowers calorie counts while causing vitamin depletion and anal leakage.

Olestra (or Olean): Lowers calorie counts while causing vitamin depletion and anal leakage.

Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips, and French fries.

Why it’s dangerous: Created by Procter & Gamble as a substitue for cooking oil, Olestra robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins. Fun side effects include cramps and leaky bowels.

Where it’s banned: The U.K. and Canada.

For more information on Olestra, visit Time magazine’s “50 Worst Inventions.”

3. Brominated vegetable oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects and major organ damage.

Brominated vegetable oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects and major organ damage.

Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.

Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop CARPETS FROM CATCHING ON FIRE, so you can see why drinking it may not be the best idea. BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.

Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries.

For more info on BVO, visit Web MD’s “Brominated Vegetable Oil Q&A.”

4. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system.

Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system.

Found in: Wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.

Why it’s dangerous: Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour is used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. Only problem is, it’s linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.

Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada, and China.

For more information on potassium bromate, visit Live Science’s “The Truth About Potassium Bromate.”

5. Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.

Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.

Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour and FOAMED PLASTIC (yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.

Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.

For more information on azodicarbonamide, visit Food-u-cate.

6. BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.

BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.

Found in: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are known to cause cancer in rats. And we’re next!

Where it’s banned: England, Japan, and many other European countries.

For more information on BHA and BHT, visit Berkley Wellness’ “Two Preservatives To Avoid?”

Source: amazon.com

7. Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST: Harmful to cows and linked to increasing tumor development in humans.

Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST: Harmful to cows and linked to increasing tumor development in humans.

Found in: Milk and dairy products.

Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the EU.

For more information on rBGH and rBST, visit the American Cancer Society’s info page.

8. Arsenic: Basically this ish will slowly kill you.

Arsenic: Basically this ish will slowly kill you.

Found in: Poultry.

Why it’s dangerous: Used in chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is POISON, which will kill you if you ingest enough.

Where it’s banned: The European Union.

For more information on arsenic, visit NPR’s “How Trace Amounts Of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat.”

To your health,
Elena
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  • dalecooper57
    Reply

    And we thought you were all unhealthy because y’all eat burgers all the time.

    • Elena
      Reply

      LOL 🙂 I know – and look at me, moving here from Russia and now Russia actually bans many US products due to GMO, antibiotic use, etc….
      Thank you for stopping by Dalecooper57!

      • dalecooper57
        Reply

        My pleasure. I’m kidding obviously, but I know what you mean. The sort of stuff you’re talking about has been phased out by the Food Standards Agency over the years. “Sunshine yellow” and tartarazine were the worst common offenders. Our son (who had severe Tourette’s syndrome/ADHD/OCD when he was younger) would have uncontrollable screaming fits if he managed to get hold of anything with either of those in.
        And Red Leicester cheese would do the same, so that clearly had something nasty in it too.
        Interesting article by the way, thanks for reposting.
        Cheers,
        dalecooper57

        • Elena
          Reply

          Your son is lucky to have parents who pay attention not just to the drugs that he may need to take, but maybe even more importantly to the food that makes him sick and potentially making him better with better nutrition.

  • Charles
    Reply

    Great article! So not only whats banned in other countries that we use in our foods here in the US, but also….What our country bans that other countries allow that are natural and good for us!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Precisely Charles! We can not even make a choice of consuming the type of milk we want. Try to get the raw milk, or even real raw almonds – everything has to go through some kind of processing! Unfortunately at this time it seems like only buying local and organic can ensure you get fresh nutritious products.

  • spartacus2030
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    Thank you for reposting this article! I’ve been trying to avoid eating for years now! LOL! Like I said support your local farmer and avoid the grocery store altogether. 80% of everything in there is only made with corn anyway… I kid you not! Great article.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Spartacus2030! I am with you on this one! Local farmers, farmers markets, local farmers cooperatives….

  • cheesyplinky
    Reply

    Oh, no. I’m guilty. O_O

    • Elena
      Reply

      🙂 Hi Plinky, thank you for stopping by! I think as long as you have the info, it is easier to start making better choices in the future….

  • Rio
    Reply

    Great post Elena!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Rio! I thought is was great to just put it out there as a reminder – many people unfortunately still absolutely unaware of what they are feeding their children and themselves 🙁

  • Andrew Fabian
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    Reblogged this on from meat 2 roux and commented:
    This just scratches the surface on the subject of obesity in the US. Organic and non GMO (genetically modified organism) product are the two best ways to maximize your health in the long run.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Andrew for stopping by and for the reblog! I absolutely agree with you, add in more good stuff, like organic and non-GMO and with time it will crowd out the bad stuff. The cleaner we eat, the better we feel, the more we start listening to our bodies and take better care of ourselves.

  • gardeninacity
    Reply

    OK, you have officially succeeded in scaring me.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Good! 🙂 LOL. I think part of it, is scaring people into eating better and making better choices 🙂 Works with my kids – “your belly will ache if you eat this!” works like magic!

  • wordsmithxx
    Reply

    This, is truly frightening information.

    • Elena
      Reply

      It is! And I am just glad that I have this platform to share information like that and hope to reach more people! Thank you Wordsmithxx for stopping by!

  • KG Visions
    Reply

    Home-grown is the best. What the US allows in our food and food supply chain is unbelievable!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Karen for visiting! And yes, I can never buy anything without reading the label…garden is becoming a necessity now!

  • Jaclyn Strominger
    Reply

    Reblogged this on Tree Nut Free Mom and commented:
    We wonder why Allergies are increasing – Food Poising maybe the cause. Reading the article. “8 Foods We Eat in the U.S. That Are Banned in Other Countries”. This article makes me think we are looking at allergies the wrong way. We need to make having good food a priority, speak up to Congress, and make the country realize the food we are eating is causing the major health crisis here in the U.S. From obesity, to allergies, to diabetes – the list goes on.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Jaclyn! It is crazy actually to realize how little people know or understand about the food they eat 🙁

  • travellingmuse
    Reply

    Wow. While I’m happy to see that Canada has banned a number of these additives and chemicals, we still have too many. This is really shocking and scary. Thanks for sharing!

    • Elena
      Reply

      Same here, doing all this research, studying, educating myself and working with clients, I still am in shock over the things I come across.
      Thank you very much for stopping by!

  • Wordifull Melanie
    Reply

    Scary stuff…

    • Elena
      Reply

      🙂 I know….and most of us unfortunately consume this everyday!

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