10 American Foods That Are Banned In Other Countries
Numerous foods are sold in the USA while being banned in other countries due to their artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives, and the list is getting bigger rapidly. Here are the top 10 foods sold in the USA which you should avoid:
- Farmed salmon
The problem with farmed fish, salmon in this case, is that they are fed with grains and pumped with antibiotics and other drugs which make their flesh gray. In order to make the color more appealing, they’re fedsynthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals, a substance that is deemed unsafe for humans. Farmed salmon fed with these chemicals are banned in Australia and New Zealand.
- Genetically engineered papaya
Most of the Hawaiian papaya is now genetically modified to fight the ringspot virus. GMO foods can cause intestinal damage, birth defects, organ damage and premature death in animals, but the USA FDA has surprisingly not banned this fruit, although the European Union has.
- Ractopamine-tained meat
Ractopamine is a drug that increases protein synthesis and is commonly used to make the animal more muscular, increasing the amount of meat it gives. Currently, about 45% of pigs and 30% of ration-fed cattle as well as a bigger percentage of turkeys are being tainted with Ractopamine, a substance which is banned in over 160 countries!
- Flame retardant drinks
Citrus-flavored sodas and drinks are a favorite for many people in the USA, but they contain high amounts of brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a chemical that has been already banned for use in Europe and Japan.
- Artificial colors and dyes
More than 3000 preservatives, flavorings and artificial colorings are added to foods in the USA. Many of these food additives can cause birth defects, cancer and behavioral problems, and most of them are banned in countries throughout Europe such as Norway and Austria.
- Arsenic-laced chicken
Drugs based on arsenic are used to make the animals grow and make their meat pinker. They are commonly used in the USA, and the FDA claims that they are safe in their inorganic form. However, studies have shown that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic in the body and cause great damage, which is why the substance is banned in the European Union.
- Baked goods with potassium bromate
Potassium bromate is a food additive commonly added to baked goods, but it has also been linked to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid disorders, gastrointestinal discomfort and even cancer. It’s banned in China, Canada and the EU.
Olestra, also known as Olean, is a calorie and cholesterol free fat substitute created by Procter & Gamble which is often used in fat-free snacks. It is added to chips and French fries and causes problems such as diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels, which is why it has been banned in the UK and Canada.
- BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are food preservatives which cause cancer in rats and possibly in humans as well. These two preservatives have been banned for use in Japan, parts of the EU, while Great Britain has banned them for use in baby food.
- Milk and dairy products laced with rBGH
rBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin which is injected to cows in order to increase their milk production. It is dangerous for humans too, increasing the risk of cancer by turning normal cells into cancerous ones. It is currently banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the EU and Canada.