Nine foods/ingredients that have been banned in other countries but are legal in America
Artificial Food Dyes
Where it's found: Cereals, baked goods, candy, sports drinks, soda, macaroni and cheese, and more.
Why it's bad: Dyes are made from chemicals derived from petroleum, and that's also used to make gasoline, diesel, and tar. If it fuels your car, it shouldn't fuel you.
Brominated Vegetable Oil
Where it's found: Sports drinks and citrus flavored soda.
Why it's bad: The main ingredient is a poisonous chemical that is toxic and corrosive to the body, having been linked to organ system damage, birth defects, schizophrenia, and more.
Why it's bad: You need to consider if you're buying wild caught or farm-raised. Farmed salmon are raised on an unnatural diet of grains, antibiotics, and other drugs, leaving the fish with gray flesh, which is then pinkened with synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals.
Olestra (cooking oil substitute)
Where it's found: Fat-free potato chips and French fries.
Why it's bad: Olestra inhibits your body's ability to absorb vitamins.
Where it's found: Frozen dinners, boxed pasta, packaged baked goods, various breads.
Why it's bad: This chemical, which helps bleach flour quickly, is also used in foamed plastics, and has been linked to asthma.
Synthetic Hormones (rBGH and rBST)
Where it's found: Milk and dairy products.
Why it's bad: Cows treated with synthetic hormones can become infertile and develop inflamed udders. The hormones have been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
BHA & BHT
Where it's found: Cereal, gum, butter, meat, mixed nuts.
Why it's bad: These chemicals have been proven to cause cancer in rats, and the risk of causing cancer in humans is not one worth taking.
Where it's found: Wraps, rolls, flatbread, bagel chips, breadcrumbs.
Why it's bad: Brominated flour is associated with the risk of kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.
Where it's found: Poultry.
Why it's bad: Arsenic in chicken feed promotes growth and boosts pigmentation, which makes the chicken flesh look more pink. Arsenic is classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.