Friday, July 19, 2013

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

(BuzzFeedThis 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.

1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and can inhibit 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 in children, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the U.K.




2. 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 substitute 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.


3. 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.


4. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system ... ► Read the full article by Ashley Perez in BuzzFeed




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