8 foods Americans eat that are banned in other countries

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by Dr. Art Mollen, Special to azfamily.com

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:15 AM

1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and can inhibit nerve cell development.

Found in: Practically everything we eat, cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy and even Macaroni and cheese.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from petroleum, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar. Artificial dyes have been liked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration and hyperactivity in children.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France and the U.K.

2. Olestra: Lowers fat calorie absorption while causing vitamin depletion.

Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips, and French fries.

Why it’s dangerous: Robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins. Side effects include cramps and leaky bowels.

Where it’s banned: The U.K. and Canada

3. Brominated vegetable oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects.

Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.

Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop carpets from catching on fire and linked to birth defects, growth problems and hearing loss. Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries

4. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Decreases to baked food.

Found in: Rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.

Why it’s dangerous: Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil and brominated flour and used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. It’s linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.

Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada and China

5. Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches, flour, and induces asthma.

Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour. Azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.

Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.

6. BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.

Found in: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid. Known to cause cancer in rats.

Where it’s banned: The U.K., Japan, and many other European countries.

7. Synthetic growth hormones: Harmful to cows and linked to increasing tumor development in humans.

Found in: Milk and dairy products.

Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth and cancers.

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the EU.

8. Arsenic:

Found in: Poultry and water.

Why it’s dangerous: Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher. Will kill you if you ingest enough.

Where it’s banned: The EU.


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