Other Countries Have Banned These 10 American Foods
The fact that some of the American foods that people eat in US are actually banned in other countries shouldn’t be as much of a shock. With the amount of artificial flavoring, coloring and preservatives on grocery store shelves or in fast food restaurants, the list of toxic foods to stay away from is continuously growing day by the day. If you’re more interested and become more aware of what you’re actually putting into your body, you’ll definitely want to check out the following list of 10 foods that are banned in other countries but freely sold in America, due to health concerns:
Farmed salmon are on an unnatural diet of antibiotics, grains and other drugs, which causes their flesh to turn a gray color. They eat synthetic astaxanthin. It is made from petrochemicals in order to get rid of the not-so-appetizing color. The very important part is that there is no permission for human consumption. Australia and New Zealand banned farmed salmon that are fed these chemicals.
Genetically Engineered Papaya
Most Hawaiian papaya unfortunately is now genetically engineered in order to be resistant to ringspot virus. Maybe you have already heard about the hype surrounding genetically engineered foods. In animals, they cause organ damage, intestinal damage, birth defects, tumors and premature death. In U.S. there is no ban for this food, but in European Union YES.
It is actually a drug that increases protein synthesis which produces more meat. Around 45% of U.S. pigs, 30% of ration-fed cattle, as well as turkeys use it. There is no permission for these american foods in even 160 countries across Europe, Russia and the Republic of China.
Flame Retardant Drinks – One of the most common American Foods
Sports drinks and sodas with citrus-flavor are very common in the States. But, they contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO). It is synthetic chemical which originally chemical companies used it as a flame retardant. Bromine is a depressant to the central nervous system, and Europe and Japan have banned it.
Artificial Dyes and Colors
There are more than 3,000 flavoring, preservatives and colors for food in the United States. Many of these food additives can produce hazardous health effects including cancer, birth defects and behavioral problems. Austria and Norway have banned the use of these harmful food additives.
Arsenic-Based Chicken – One of the Favorite American Foods
U.S uses drugs based on arsenic for animal feed because they make their meat appear more pink and make animals grow faster. The FDA claims the drugs are safe because they are less toxic in the inorganic form — carcinogen. But studies suggest that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic, and have a harmful effect on the human body. That is why the European Union does not permit drugs based on arsenic to feed animals used for food.
Baked Goods with Potassium Bromate
We use Protassium bromate as an additive in baked goods and breads. Researches have connected this additive to thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, kidney and nervous system damage and even cancer. China, Canada and the European Union do not permit these foods.
Olean or Olestra
Created by Procter & Gamble, Olestra or Olean, is a cholesterol and calorie-free fat substitute often used in fat-free snacks. Your chips and french fries could contain Olestra, causing problems such as cramps, diarrhea and leaky bowels. That’s why Canada and the United Kingdom banned one of these american foods.
BHT and BHA
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) are preservatives that are commonly present in food. BHA can cause cancer in rats, and could possibly cause cancer in humans. Japan and parts of the European Union banned these 2 substances. The United Kingdom does not allow them in the baby food production.
Milk and Dairy Laced with rBGH
RBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin that cows “accept” in order to increase milk production. In humans, it can increase risk for cancer by converting normal tissue cells into cancerous ones. New Zealand, Israel, Australia, the European Union and Canada banned RBGH.