There are many banned foods around the world that we ingest everyday here in the U.S. Find out what they are here.
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
Banned in the European Union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can easily find them in many processed foods: Mac and Cheese, flavored crackers and cereals. Even in those targeted at children.
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.
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.
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.
It has been linked to thyroid problems, kidney damage, gastrointestinal discomfort and damage to the nervous system.
OLESTRA OR OLEAN
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.
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
Banned in the European Union and Japan.
BHA is short for butylated hydroxyanisole and BHT means butylated hydroxytoluene. They both are food preservatives.
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.
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.
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.