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Taryn DeCicco, ND, LAc, LDN | Article

7 Foods Banned in Other Countries that Are Legal in the US

7/27/2018
It is no secret that the US government has been doing very little to protect it's citizens. This is in far contrast to other countries which seem to have the best interest of it's society as heart. The FDA has also fallen down on the job, due to political pressure or other unfathomable reasons. Following are 7 foods that are banned in most countries but still in the United States food supply.



1. FARM-RAISED SALMON
While farm-raised salmon is big business here in the US, it is illegal in Australia and New Zealand. Because the fish are basically mass produced, they are fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals.
While it may be safe for fish to eat, the stuff has not been approved for human consumption.
2. PROCESSED FOODS CONTAINING ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORS AND DYES
Norway, Austria, and other countries in the European Union have banned the sale of foods containing harmful dyes like red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2 which happen to be the most commonly used food dyes in the US. They have been linked to toxicity and hazardous health effects.
Kraft was put on blast for using yellow 5 in their famous macaroni and cheese recipe here in the U.S. It was never present in boxes sold in Europe.
3. OLESTRA/OLEAN
Created by Procter & Gamble as a substitute for cooking oil, Olestra prevents the body from absorbing vitamins. It is banned in the UK and in Canada for its harmful side effects, including stomach cramps and leaky bowels.
4. PRESERVATIVES BHA AND BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are preservatives that are often found in long-shelf life products like breakfast cereals and chewing gums.
The UK has banned the use of BHA in baby food and both BHA and BHT are banned in Japan and parts of the European Union.
5. BVO
Artificial flavor and color isn’t the only thing that shows up in soda in the US. Mountain Dew and other citrus-flavored soft drinks contain BVO, or brominated vegetable oil. The chemical was actually created to be a flame retardant and consumed in large quantities, can cause damage to your nervous system.
It is banned as a food additive in Europe and Japan.
6. ARSENIC-LACED CHICKEN
Arsenic-based drugs can be used in some animal feed in the US because they can help animals grow quicker. They also can create pinker flesh in animals. It appears in commercial grade chicken feed since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated these products are safe.
In the European Union, arsenic-based feeds are banned as are the sale of chickens who have been fed from them.
7. POTASSIUM BROMATE
In the US, potassium bromate or brominated flour is a flour-bulking agent used in making rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips. It helps to strengthen dough and reduce baking time.

Unfortunately there are many, many more...your best health practice, as always is to avoid processed foods and purchase organic foods from reputable farms and companies with minimal ingredients. There really is no other way to avoid most of these chemicals. This is our last topic for July. Join us on August 1st when I will publish our new schedule for the month. Please SIGN UP, so you don't miss a thing! Also: Please visit our store where we offer hundreds of handpicked products with great discounts and FREE shipping! Best of Health!



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