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.

Cow hormones 2

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 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating


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


Australia   New Zealand   Russia

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.



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.

 Pig and Cow

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.


EU Japan

 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.


 norway     austria

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.

Color dies

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.

 Bobby Morgan Poultry Farm

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.


EU Canada Russia

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.


UK Canada

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.


EU Japan

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.


Australia New Zealand Israel

EU  Canada

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.

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