A lot of Americans assume foods approved by the FDA are totally safe to eat but that can be a dangerous assumption to make! The sad truth is the US is the richest nation in the world and a lot of its own food is amazingly poor in comparison to that of other nations. Here’s a listing of the top 8 food-stuffs that are found in the United States but prohibited in other countries.
1. Flame Retardants in Drinks
Brominated vegetable oil or BVO is found in many sports drinks and citrus sodas including Mountain Dew. The original patent lists this chemical as a flame retardant. In the human body, this chemical absorbs iodine and can cause serious medical problems due to iodine insufficiency. BVO is banned in Japan and Europe.
Olestra, also known as Olean, is a fat substitute produced by P&G in order to make fat free snacks such as potato chips. There are reports of severe intestinal reactions from people consuming this product. Additionally it also prevents the body from absorbing important vitamins including A, D, E, and K. This product is banned in Canada and the UK.
3. Genetically Modified Papaya
Virtually all of the Papaya grown in Hawaii are genetically engineered to be resistant to diseases. A lot of recent research has shown that animals fed genetically engineered food are developing a variety of disorders including tumors, birth defects, organ damage and early death. Genetically engineered food has only been around for about a decade so the long term effects on humans is still unknown. The genetically engineered Papayas are banned in the European Union. If you continue eating Papaya, we recommend buying only organic Papaya or at least Papaya grown outside of Hawaii.
4. rBGH in Milk and Dairy
rBGH (Recombinant bovine growth hormone), is a synthetic hormone often used in U.S. dairy cows to increase milk production. Evidence shows this chemical poses many health risks including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Due to these risks, dairy products containing rBGH is banned in more than 30 countries including EU, Israel, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
5. Meat containing Ractopamine
Ractopamine is a drug fed to animals to increase muscle growth and reduce the fat content of meats. It’s commonly found in pigs, grain fed cattle, turkeys, and chicken. This drug is banned in well over 100 countries in Europe and Asia.
6. Arsenic in Chicken Meat
Chickens are given food containing arsenic based drugs to help them grow faster and to give the meat a pink color. The FDA approved these products because they contain a version of arsenic that is less toxic than the dangerous arsenic you’re probably familiar with. However some evidence suggests this safer arsenic can transform into the dangerous kind. High levels of this chemical has been found in chickens sold in U.S. stores. This substance is banned from foods in the EU.
7. BHA and BHT
BHA and BHT are preservatives found in all sorts of foods from candy to cereal to beer. BHT causes organ toxicity and BHA has been shown to cause cancer in rats. BHA is banned from infant food in the UK and both BHA and BHT are banned in Japan and parts of the EU.
8. Potassium Bromate in Bread
Almost all the bread we eat contains an additive called Potassium Bromate. Research shows this additive causes thyroid problems and damage to the kidneys and nervous system. Potassium Bromate is classified as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This additive is banned in Canada, the EU, and China.