10 Foods Available in the US that are Banned Elsewhere


Countries don’t follow the same criteria when deciding what is healthy and what is not. Here are some ingredients you are usually putting in your body without even knowing. Here are 10 examples.


 Pink slime

Pink slime is made by: sucking meat and cartilage off of bones with a machine. It is then soaked in ammonia and frozen. Supermarkets and grocery stores add it to your meat, often minced beef to make cheap hamburgers.

 Burgers Hot dogs

You can also find it in hot dogs. It is banned in the European Union because it can carry pathogens from the bones.



Genetically modified food (GMO) is becoming more and more common: papaya, corn, soy and even canola.

In Europe, GMOs have to be labeled and certain ones are banned, like the papaya.


Animals fed with GMOs suffer more from intestinal and organ damage, tumors, birth defects and premature births.



Carrageenan is extracted from a specific type of seaweed. It is introduced in processed dairy goods as an emulsifier and thickener.

It can be found in baby formulas and other dairy goods.


It is banned in the European Union because it causes gastrointestinal problems.



Atrazine is a herbicide, commonly used in the U.S..

The European Union has banned it because it leaks into the ground, contaminating drinking water and crops transfer it to us.

It has been linked to reproductive problems.


 Cow hormones

Growth hormones are given to cows to increase their milk and meat production.

The National Cancer Association links it to the rise of cancers caused by hormonal imbalances.

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Many countries have banned them, including the European Union, Japan, Australia and China.



Chickens are kept in warehouses where the lights are never turned off, so they don’t stop eating. They are crammed in there and to top it all off, these conditions make them pick up a lot of harmful pathogens.


To kill off any of these germs, the meat is washed in chlorine.

It is banned in the European Union, but not in the U.S.



Flour naturally whitens over time. Time is money, they say. So the food industry in the U.S. doesn’t wait.

Instead, they use azodicarbonamide to bleach the flour. Where else do they use this? Sneaker soles.

Sneaker sole

Azodicarbonamide can cause asthma and is banned in Singapore.


The European Union allows irradiation in herbs and spices, but banned it for meat, fruit and vegetables.


In the U.S. however, it is used as a replacement for good hygiene.

Dangerous chemical changes are initiated by irradiation and need further study.



DPA, or diphenylamine, is found in apples, apple juice, applesauce, pears and baby food.

The European Food Safety Authority considers it a poison.

What is it used for? Apples look so shiny and tasty. That’s not the apple, it’s DPA.

Apple sauce

It has been used in the U.S. since 1962.

DPA has been linked to higher risk of cancer.



If you want to buy fluoride, you need a prescription. And yet, you may be getting it everyday in your water supply.

In Europe, most countries do not use fluoridate in their water supply.


Ingesting fluoridate in significant amounts over a long period of time has been linked to bone cancer, hyperactivity, decreased thyroid function and kidney issues.

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10 Unique Healthy Food Alternatives


There are many simple ways to take care of yourself and your family. A few changes in your recipes and they’ll be much healthier and happier.



Added white sugar is never healthy. Substituting it with brown sugar is a better alternative, but there are other options too.

You can simply replace it with honey, which adds sweetness naturally. If you are looking to add taste, use cinnamon.

 honey and cinnamon

And if you really want to try something different, switch it up with applesauce.



Flour has many alternatives. It all depends on what you are making.

Replacing white flour with whole-wheat flour is always a good idea. But you can also find other, more nutritious alternatives.


Pureed lentils or black beans can add great texture and lots of nutrients to your recipes. Other options include crushed seeds.


Mashed potatoes

The best recipe we could find for making mashed potatoes healthier is very simple.

 Replace half of the potatoes with steamed cauliflower. That way, you get all the flavor and texture, but less calories.


You can also try making it solely with steamed cauliflower, but we doubt your kids won’t notice.



Cream is a delicious and filled with a rich texture. It also contains a lot of fat.


Luckily, nowadays, there are man simple replacements for it. Our favorite option is coconut milk. It contains medium-chain fatty acids, which help you maintain your weight and don’t raise your cholesterol levels.



Unless you are making a fried egg, an omelet or boiled egg, it can be replaced.

The main reason to use eggs in most recipes is to bind ingredients together. There are a couple of great substitutes: chia seeds and flax seeds.


Mix one or both types of seeds with water. Let them hydrate for a couple of hours. Strain it and mix with fresh water in the processor. Strain again and throw away the seeds.

This flax and chia seed juice or milk will bind your bread, brownies, and anything else you need without any fat or cholesterol.



We are so used to adding frosting to our cakes and cupcakes, we don‘t even consider anything else. There are a few alternatives.

Marsh Fluff

The easiest of all is to stir whipped cream cheese at room temperature and turn it into marshmallow cream (fluff).



Pasta is a source of carbohydrates that turn into sugars. They have little nutrients.

Luckily, there are many options to switch it up. You can use Japanese shirataki noodles or rice noodles.


If you are making lasagna, you can use zucchinis or eggplants to create the layers.



Tortilla wraps are so delightful they are now everywhere.

Lettuce wrap

They are, however, made with flour and lack nutrients. If you don’t want to feel so full, try lettuce leaf or even spinach to have a fresh wrap.


Oatmeal is a common part of our breakfast. If you are ready for a change or simply looking for a more nutritious ingredient, try quinoa.


Quinoa is a ‘superfood’. It is filled with all the good stuff your body needs. So much so that the United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa.



Mayo and miracle whips taste great but have a lot of fat and cholesterol.


 An easy and healthy substitute is mashed avocado. You can prepare it as a dip with garlic, tomatoes and a pinch of salt. It is called Guacamole. Anyway you have it, it’s delicious!


10 Foods You Should Be Eating


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


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



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


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



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


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


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


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.


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.



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

greek yogurt

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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.


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.



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


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.


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.