10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating

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There are many banned foods around the world that we ingest everyday here in the U.S. Find out what they are here.

FARM-RAISED SALMON


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Banned in Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

They contain far more fat than wild salmon and half of the omega-3 fats.

They are fed with synthetic astaxanthin to have the pink-red color wild salmon naturally has.

Farm-raised salmon has less protein and more harmful compounds than wild salmon do. These compounds can stay in your body and be passed to your children, even through breast milk.

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PAPAYA


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Banned in the European Union.

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Hawaiian papaya is mostly genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus. This virus devastated U.S. crops in the 1990s.

This genetic modification has been linked with intestinal damage, tumors, birth defects and sterility in animals.

RACTOPAMINE-TAINTED MEAT


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Banned in Russia, Mainland China and Taiwan.

Ractopamine reduces the amount of fat in meat, but at great costs. It is estimated that up to 20% of it remains in the meat and reaches your home.

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In the U.S., 45% of pigs and 30% of ration-fed cattle receive ractopamine as a muscle enhancer. In humans, it can affect your cardiovascular system and cause hyperactivity.

FLAME RETARDANT


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 Banned in 18 countries in Europe and also in Japan.

 The ingredient is called brominated vegetable oil (BVO). It was originally designed as a flame retardant and is used in drinks in the U.S. since 1977.

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Skin rashes, acne, lack of appetite and fatigue are some of the systems it can cause. Hearing loss and growth problems are also a risk if you ingest BVO, as well as iodine deficiency, hypothyroidism and cancer.

ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORS AND DYES


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Banned in Norway and Austria. Great Britain has restricted its use and the European Union requires labeling.

 There are over 3000 food additives, which include preservatives, flavorings and colors. Research shows increased risk of allergies, behavioral changes and cancer.

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You can easily find them in many processed foods: Mac and Cheese, flavored crackers and cereals. Even in those targeted at children.

ARSENIC


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Banned in the European Union.

 In the United States, chickens are given arsenic-based drugs so that they grow faster and their meat looks fresher, with that nice pink tone.

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If you ingest arsenic on a regular basis, you can suffer headaches, anemia, low blood pressure, skin lesions, increased risk of diabetes and higher risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and infant mortality.

POTASSIUM BROMATE


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Banned in Canada, China and the European Union.

 Potassium bromate is used in flour by baking companies in rolls, wraps, breads and bagels. Because of our diet, it is easy to ingest significant amounts of it.

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It has been linked to thyroid problems, kidney damage, gastrointestinal discomfort and damage to the nervous system.

OLESTRA OR OLEAN


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Banned in the United Kingdom and Canada.

 Olestra, also known as Olean can be found in many products, especially in chips and French fries as a substitute so they are fat and cholesterol free.

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Not only do they still make you gain weight, but they can also cause adverse intestinal reactions and exhaustion of vitamin A, D, E and K.

PRESERVATIVES BHA AND BHT


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Banned in the European Union and Japan.

 BHA is short for butylated hydroxyanisole and BHT means butylated hydroxytoluene. They both are food preservatives.

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They are present in a variety of products: beer, breakfast cereal, nut mixes, butter, meat, chewing gum and dehydrated potatoes.

In rats, they have been linked with increased cancer risks. In humans, they can lead to allergic reactions and hyperactivity.

rBGH


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Banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union and Canada.

It is a recombinant version of a hormone that cows naturally produce. They are injected with the genetically engineered version to increase milk production. This means that cows suffer more from mastitis and other health conditions.

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It is estimated that 1 in 6 cows in the U.S. receive rBGH. The United Nations does not endorse the use of it. It increases your risk of colorectal, prostate and breast cancer.

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Healthy Versions Of Your Favorite Comfort Foods

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Oh How we love our comfort food! If you want to stay slim while indulging, here’s how!

PIZZA


 Homemade pizza is always a healthier alternative to eating out. Make it even better by substituting half of the flour with whole-wheat flour and use olive oil.

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The secret is in the sauce. Add oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes, garlic and other fresh spices.

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Choose your cheeses well. To add extra flavor, combine a few types of cheese. Part-skim mozzarella cheese with grated Parmesan and Ricotta cheese is a tasty option.

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Add vegetables: spinach, peppers and basil will bring color to your pizza and taste as well!

MACARONI AND CHEESE


 Never mind those sugar-packed, salty, store-bought mac and cheese boxes. Homemade is the way to go.

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Macaroni and cheese is the perfect dish to experiment with, have fun. To make it healthier, add half a head of cauliflower (pureed) to the cheese sauce. You can also switch some of the full fat cheese for part-skim.

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Get the kids to eat cauliflower without them ever knowing.

CHEESEBURGER


 We all love grilling a good burger. To start, get the best ground beef. It is important that your main ingredient be as lean as possible. To add extra taste, add chipotle peppers to your adobo sauce.

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Use whole grain buns to get all the fiber your digestive system needs to work properly. Add some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, peppers and other fresh crunchy vegetables to get all the nutrients you need. A slice of cheddar cheese and we are ready to enjoy this classic dish.

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LASAGNA


 A few simple swaps will change this guilty pleasure into a healthy one.

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Use whole grain lasagna noodles, add a lean ground sirloin and a low-fat cottage cheese and you’ll be adding fiber and ingesting far less fat and bad cholesterol. You can replace the noodles with zucchini or eggplant for an even healthier dish.

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Use olive oil instead of butter or other oils, if possible. Olive oil lowers your bad cholesterol while adding texture. Top it off with half-skim cheese.

SHEPHERD’S PIE


 Mashed potatoes. We all love mashed potatoes, but also know how fattening they are. Here’s a secret recipe to change things up.

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Once again, cauliflower will save the day. Replace half of the potatoes with cauliflower. It has great texture, doesn’t change the taste and it contains half the calories!

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Lean ground beef packed with vegetables and spices will make this the greatest Shepherd’s pie you and your family have ever tasted.

BAKED GARLIC FRIES


 The key to making a healthy dish is in knowing what to change to make the greatest impact.

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The idea is simple. Do not fry your fries: bake them. They are just as tasty and the difference for your health is huge.

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Add garlic, parsley and olive oil to give them a tasty twist.

ARTICHOKE-SPINACH DIP


 As with any dips, you can experiment to make it your own. Here is the general idea.

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Beans, cream cheese, garlic and chicken broth are pureed and mixed with cooked spinach, artichokes and whatever spices and sauces you wish to add.

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Cover it in low-fat or semi-skim cheese and bake until it is golden and bubbling. Great dip for our baked fries!

ONION RINGS


 There are many onion ring recipes. Here are some tricks to make them healthier.

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Use vegetable milk instead of whole milk. This will reduce the fat in your batter and can help you add flavor.

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Bake the rings: don’t deep-fry them. This makes a world of difference. You will feel much better after filling up with onion rings. No guilt.

PANCAKES


 The secret to healthier pancakes is easy: switch to Greek yogurt and add all the fruits you can think of. This will guarantee a variety of flavors and nutrients.

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Greek yogurt is the perfect ingredient to reduce the amount of flour in your pancakes without losing any of the texture. Try these and you will never use milk in your pancakes again.

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING


 Chocolate pudding is one of our favorite comfort foods. It is tasty, rich in texture and also in sugar and fat. Here is how to improve it.

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Use fat-free or skim milk. This lowers the fat intake. Buy unsweetened cocoa so you know exactly how much sugar you are adding to your dessert. There are a few variations you can try. Instead of sugar, use honey. Add cinnamon to lower the amount of sugar needed.

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What other healthy version of our favorite comfort foods do you know? We would love to hear about them!

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10 Foods You Should Be Eating

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Tackling healthy eating isn’t easy. There is so much information and misinformation. If you want to get it right, here are 10 foods you should be eating.

GREEN TEA


Green tea has been part of the Chinese and Japanese cultures for millennia.

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It is a great way to hydrate while ingesting a significant amount of antioxidants and other compounds that help you prevent illness.

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ALMONDS


Almonds are a great complement to your diet. They are full of healthy fats that protect your heart by lowering you LDL cholesterol.

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They are an important source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant and activity regulator. Almonds also contain B vitamins, fiber and essential minerals.

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BLUEBERRIES


Filled with micronutrients, blueberries are a clear source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber.

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Vitamin K is essential to absorb calcium and for blood coagulation.

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They are also help with inflammation and studies are starting to show some relation between eating blueberries and lower risk of certain cancers.

BELL PEPPERS


All bell peppers are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Red peppers, however, have the most amount. For example, red peppers have twice the amount of vitamin C that green peppers do.

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Some of these antioxidants have been linked to stomach cancer prevention. Lycopene, present in red peppers, early studies are showing a link between its consumption and a lowered prostate cancer risk.

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YOGURT


Yogurt is an important source of calcium. It can also help inflamed digestive tracts while boosting your immune system.

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Some yogurts, like Greek yogurt, have less sugar and more protein. Check the labels to choose the best one for you.

AVOCADO


There is good fat and bad fat. Some oils you should avoid and others are essential. Avocado has the best of both worlds.

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It gives you the good fat, which helps lower your bad cholesterol levels, while giving you essential oils that help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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They are filling and add an original twist to any salad.

QUINOA


Quinoa is essential in any vegetarian or vegan diet and an important part of an omnivore diet.

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Quinoa is made up of plant-based protein. It contains more fiber and double the amount of protein that brown rice does.

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The United Nations declared the year 2013, International Year of the Quinoa and it is considered a ‘superfood’.

APPLES


Apples are a known source of antioxidants. Most of these, however, are on the peel. If you want to take advantage of this tasty fruit, don’t waste your time peeling it!

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They stimulate your immunity system and the fiber they contain helps your digestion along.

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They also help you feel full for longer, so if you are looking to lose weight, apples are a great snack.

SPINACH


Dark greens need to be a part of your diet. Spinach, like most of them, is an important source of beta-carotene. It protects your heart and helps your immune system fight some cancers.

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It gives you vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate and iron. They prevent age-related macular degeneration and help you regenerate, while regulating blood sugar levels.

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EGGS


Eggs are high in protein, keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Protein is essential in the building of muscle tissue.

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They are also a great substitute for carbohydrates (especially for breakfast). Some studies have shown that those who are on a diet and replace carbohydrates for eggs lose more weight.

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The yalk, the yellow part of the egg, can contain bad cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, check with your doctor to see how many you can eat per week.

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