Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations.
In fact, many of the American food products you eat are banned in other countries. Concerned? You should be.
10 American Food Products Banned in Other Countries
1. Farm-Raised Salmon
Wild salmon gets its bright pinkish-red color from natural carotenoids in their diet. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are raised on a wholly unnatural diet of grains (including genetically engineered varieties), plus a concoction of antibiotics and other drugs and chemicals which has not been approved for human consumption.
Some studies suggest it can potentially damage your eyesight.
Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand
2. Genetically Engineered Papaya
Most Hawaiian papaya is now genetically engineered to be resistant to ringspot virus. In animals, these GMOs can lead to tumors, organ damage, birth defects and premature death, which makes me question their health risks for humans .
Where it’s banned: The European Union
3. Ractopamine-Tainted Meat
Ractopamine (a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis) is currently used in about 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys are pumped full of this drug in the days leading up to slaughter.
Up to 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket, according to veterinarian Michael W. Fox.
In animals, ractopamine is linked to reductions in reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, and increased death and disability. It’s also known to affect the human cardiovascular system.
Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan).
4. Flame Retardant Drinks
Citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks are very popular in the U.S., however most of them are made with brominated vegetable oil (BVO). BVO is a synthetic chemical, a flame retardant that is also damaging to the central nervous system.
Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan.
5. Artificial Colors And Dyes
In the U.S., there are over 3,000 types of preservatives, colors and flavorings that are being added to our foods.
They not only make our food look, smell and taste unnatural, but they are also dangerous to our health and can lead to cancer, behavioral issues and birth defects.
Many of these are banned in other countries, based on research showing toxicity and hazardous health effects, especially with respect to adverse effects on children’s behavior.
Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.
6. Baked Goods With Potassium Bromate
The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.
Potassium bromate is linked to kidney problems, thyroid issues, nervous system damage, gastrointestinal issues and various cancers.
Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU
7. Arsenic-Laced Chicken
Animals in the U.S. are often fed with arsenic-based drugs to make them grow faster and make their meat look more pink and therefore, more appealing.
Scientific reports surfaced stating that the organic arsenic could transform into inorganic arsenic, which has been found in elevated levels in supermarket chickens.
Where it’s banned: The European Union
Olestra, also known as Olean, is a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat-like substance that is being used in many fat-free snacks, as well as in chips and fries. It can lead to leaky bowels, cramps and diarrhea.
Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada
9. Preservatives BHA and BHT
BHA and BHT are commonly used preservatives that can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer.
They have been shown to cause cancer in rats and may lead to cancer in humans as well.
Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.
10. Milk And Dairy Laced With rBGH
RBGH is a synthetic substance. It’s injected into cows to increase milk production, but it is banned in at least 30 other nations because of its dangers to human health, which include an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer by promoting conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones.
Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada