If you often consume drinks, snacks, or almost any packaged food you get from your American grocery store, you may want to take a deep breath and sit down to read this.
America’s most common packaged foods contain chemicals which are too unhealthy that they have been banned in many other countries.
Most Americans assume that any food or dairy product that is FDA approved is perfectly safe to consume. Unfortunately, this is not true because they continue to allow some dangerous foods to be sold in the U.S. markets while other countries have been illegalizing them.
Obviously, these banned products do have damaging or even deadly effects on the human health.
10. Olestra aka Olean
Procter and Gamble have made this cholesterol and calorie-free fat substitute to create fat-free snacks such as French fries and potato chips.
There have been many reports of serious intestinal reactions to these products including leaking bowels, cramps, and intense diarrhea.
Not only causes acute reactions but it also prevents the human body from absorbing necessary vitamins (A, E, D, and K), while the FDA requires that these vitamins must be added to all products containing Olean.
Olestra aka Olean is banned in both Canada and the UK.
9. Ractopamine in Meat
The use of this drug in cattle and pigs lessens the meat’s fat content.
Approximately, ractopamine is used in 30% of grain fed cattle and 45% of pigs. As for turkeys and chicken, the numbers are unknown.
The bad news is that up to 20% of ractopamine which is fed to animals remains in the meat after butchering.
Even worse, this drug is banned in over 160 European countries, as well as in China, Taiwan, and Russia.
8. Drinks with Flame Retardant Ingredients
You probably have no idea that some popular sports beverages and citrus flavored sodas, as well as a popular soda called Mountain Dew, consist of BVO, brominated vegetable oil, which is a synthetic chemical.
The initial patent for this chemical is to be used as a flame retardant.
This chemical imprisons the body’s iodine and can cause severe complications from iodine insufficiency.
BVO is banned in both Japan and Europe.
7. Chicken Meat Spiked with Arsenic
Chicken are being fed arsenic-based drugs because they give the meat a pleasant pink color and make the animals grow at faster rates.
When most people see that pinkish meat, they eventually assume that it’s healthier.
The reason why the FDA approves this additive is because organic arsenic is less toxic than the cancer-causing inorganic ones.
Nevertheless, reports claim that the organic arsenic can actually turn into the threatening carcinogen inorganic arsenic.
The highest levels of this composite have been found in supermarket chicken.
This food additive is illegalized by the European Union.
6. Farm Raised Salmon
Wild salmon obtains that nice red color from natural carotenoids in their diet. Meanwhile, farmed salmon are raised on grains and antibiotics, which give the meat an ugly gray color.
So considering that people will refuse to consume that unpleasant meat, farmed fish are fed astaxanthin, a synthetic chemical which is made from petrochemicals!
Astaxanthin is not approved for human ingestion simply because it’s toxic. However, the FDA apparently thinks it is fine to keep using it.
New Zealand and Australia have banned farmed salmon.
You should also ban it from your home and make sure to carefully check the meat before buying it. Unlike farmed salmon, wild salmon is bright red and very mean, with thin white lines.
5. Genetically Engineered Papaya
Recently, it has been proven that animals that are being fed these genetically engineered foods (e.g. soy or corn) are attained by various complications such as, premature death, tumors, intestinal damage, birth defects; and damage to several organs.
A lot of animals are showing nearly absolute sterility by the 3rd generation.
The entire European Union has banned these papayas.
If you do like papayas, don’t buy the Hawaiian ones and purchase from another country or look for organically grown fruits. [td_block_ad_box spot_id=”custom_ad_5″]
4. Milk and Dairy Products containing rBGH
This hormone is a fake version of the cows’ natural hormones and is used to boost milk production.
Over 30 nations have banned this chemical due to its dangerous health effects including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer.
Even after all the existing evidence about the risks of this chemical, the FDA still doesn’t want to admit its dangers.
Dairy products that include rBGH are banned in Canada, EU, New Zealand, Australia, and Israel.
3. Bread Baked with Potassium Bromate
Nearly all the pieces of bread you consume have been baked with the additive potassium bromated, be it a hot dog, bagel, hamburger bun, or a sandwich.
As stated by baking companies, the use of this additive is necessary to make the dough stronger and more resistant to the pressure from bread hooks.
While studies have found that potassium bromate can damage both the kidneys and the nervous system, as well as cause thyroid problems.
This additive is banned from the EU, China, and Canada. Furthermore, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies Potassium Bromate as a possible carcinogen.
2. Artificial Dyes and Colors in Processed Foods
Researchers have found that these foods are toxic and have serious health effects, which is why they are banned in other countries.
The most popular dyes are yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, and blue 2, which have been shown to cause birth defects and cancer in lab animals.
These dyes, as well as other additives, are illegalized in the UK, Norway, and Austria, while the EU necessitates a warning notice on products containing dyes.
1. The preservatives BHA and BHT
BHA is known for causing cancer in rats and BHT leads to organ system toxicity.
These preservatives are banned in Japan and in parts of the EU, while the UK bans BHA in babies’ foods.
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