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American foods that are banned around the world

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American foods that are banned around the world

What Americans eat, and how they eat, seems to be a unique phenomenon, somehow impervious to the health conditions of other countries. One of the most mind-boggling parts is that the US regularly stocks grocery stores with tons of ingredients that consumers don’t know about. Check out this gallery, based on a list from Mic, to see the American foods which are banned around the world.

Slide 2 of 30: Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST are approved for use in cows by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) despite the fact that they’re bad for both cows and people, causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and an array of cancers.

Many dairy products

Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST are approved for use in cows by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) despite the fact that they’re bad for both cows and people, causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and an array of cancers.

Slide 3 of 30: The hormones are totally banned at dairy farms and in dairy products in the European Union, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, and New Zealand.

Many dairy products

The hormones are totally banned at dairy farms and in dairy products in the European Union, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, and New Zealand.

Slide 4 of 30: Food dyes like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, and Red 40, often used in children’s food, are made from chemicals derived from petroleum and have been linked to cancer, nerve cell deterioration, and hyperactivity.

Colorful foods with artificial dyes

Food dyes like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, and Red 40, often used in children’s food, are made from chemicals derived from petroleum and have been linked to cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity.

Slide 5 of 30: Their only purpose is to make food look appealing, but at what cost? And it’s not just in candy, juice, and cereal—it’s also in salmon, mac and cheese, ice cream, and salad dressings.

Colorful foods with artificial dyes

Their only purpose is to make food look appealing, but at what cost? And it’s not just in candy, juice, and cereal—it’s also in salmon, mac and cheese, ice cream, and salad dressings.

Slide 6 of 30: The FDA-approved additives are banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the UK, and many American food companies (like M&M) remove their dyes overseas but keep them in the US.

Colorful foods with artificial dyes

The FDA-approved additives are banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the UK, and many American food companies (like M&M) remove their dyes overseas but keep them in the US.

Slide 7 of 30: In 2015, Kraft removed its Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 dyes from its iconic orange macaroni and cheese, opting for natural coloring agents such as paprika and annatto.

Colorful foods with artificial dyes

In 2015, Kraft removed its Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 dyes from its iconic orange macaroni and cheese, opting for natural coloring agents such as paprika and annatto.

Slide 8 of 30: The chemical that makes food dye stick to liquid, which is also used in flame retardant, is an acceptable additive in American soda, despite its link to birth defects and major organ damage.

Soft drinks with brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

The chemical that makes food dye stick to liquid, which is also used in flame retardant, is an acceptable additive in American soda, despite its link to birth defects and major organ damage.

Slide 9 of 30: The FDA-approved ingredient has also been linked to skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, memory loss, and nerve disorders. Over 100 countries have decided that those effects are not desirable in their soft drinks.

Soft drinks with brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

The FDA-approved ingredient has also been linked to skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, memory loss, and nerve disorders. Over 100 countries have decided that those effects are not desirable in their soft drinks.

Slide 10 of 30: In 2014, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both vowed to remove BVO from their ingredients lists, but Mountain Dew still has it.

Soft drinks with brominated vegetable oil (BVO)

In 2014, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both vowed to remove BVO from their ingredients lists, but Mountain Dew still has it.

Slide 11 of 30: Known as the yoga mat chemical, this bleaching agent and dough conditioner (that the FDA considers safe for food) makes bread dough light and strong, just as it does in yoga mats.

Yoga mat chemical

Known as the yoga mat chemical, this bleaching agent and dough conditioner (that the FDA considers safe for food) makes bread dough light and strong, just as it does in yoga mats.

Slide 12 of 30: Linked to asthma and other diseases, ADA is also found in boxed pasta mixes, frozen dinners, packaged baked goods, and almost 500 common grocery foods. But it’s banned altogether in Europe, Australia, and Singapore.

Yoga mat chemical

Linked to asthma and other diseases, ADA is also found in boxed pasta mixes, frozen dinners, packaged baked goods, and almost 500 common grocery foods. But it’s banned altogether in Europe, Australia, and Singapore.

Slide 13 of 30: Yes, it’s the poison you’re thinking of, one of the World Health Organization's top 10 chemicals of public health concern, found at alarming rates in US drinking water, crops, and livestock feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher.

Poultry, water, and rice with arsenic

Yes, it’s the poison you’re thinking of, one of the World Health Organization's top 10 chemicals of public health concern, found at alarming rates in US drinking water, crops, and livestock feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher.

Slide 14 of 30: Long-term exposure to arsenic can trigger cancer and heart disease, and it’s banned in livestock feed in places like the European Union and Japan, but defended (in low amounts) by the FDA.

Poultry, water, and rice with arsenic

Long-term exposure to arsenic can trigger cancer and heart disease, and it’s banned in livestock feed in places like the European Union and Japan, but defended (in low amounts) by the FDA.

Slide 15 of 30: This chain is everywhere in the US, and with nearly 37,000 restaurants worldwide, it might surprise you that several countries—Bermuda, Iran, Macedonia, Yemen, Montenegro, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, and Iceland—have banned the fast-food chain.

McDonald’s

This chain is everywhere in the US, and with nearly 37,000 restaurants worldwide, it might surprise you that several countries—Bermuda, Iran, Macedonia, Yemen, Montenegro, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, and Iceland—have banned the fast-food chain.

Slide 16 of 30: For either economic, political, or health reasons, or perhaps their lack of green initiative, the American corporation is often despised in these countries for what they consider a lack of regard for human beings.

McDonald’s

For either economic, political, or health reasons, or perhaps their lack of green initiative, the American corporation is often despised in these countries for what they consider a lack of regard for human beings.

Slide 17 of 30: That glossy, fresh look of grocery store apples unfortunately comes from DPA, a mixture of chemicals that keep the fruit looking fresh, and a compound derivative of aniline that seals DPA in.

Those shiny, waxy apples

That glossy, fresh look of grocery store apples, unfortunately, comes from DPA, a mixture of chemicals that keep the fruit looking fresh, and a compound derivative of aniline that seals DPA in.

Slide 18 of 30: The European Food Safety Authority has banned American apples treated with DPA as the chemicals have been linked to various cancers.

Those shiny, waxy apples

The European Food Safety Authority has banned American apples treated with DPA as the chemicals have been linked to various cancers.

Slide 20 of 30: If calorie-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free chips, fries, and treats sound too good to be true, that’s because this is exactly the case. The Procter & Gamble creation, dubbed one of Time's 50 Worst Inventions, is an FDA-approved synthetic fat meant to replace cooking oil.

"Low fat" products that use Olestra/Olean

If calorie-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free chips, fries, and treats sound too good to be true, that’s because this is exactly the case. The Procter & Gamble creation, dubbed one of Time's 50 Worst Inventions, is an FDA-approved synthetic fat meant to replace cooking oil.

Slide 21 of 30: These diet versions of foods have been linked to gastrointestinal disease in children, violent diarrhea in adults, and, ironically, an increase in appetite! Olestra is banned in Canada and the UK.

"Low fat" products that use Olestra/Olean

These diet versions of foods have been linked to gastrointestinal disease in children, violent diarrhea in adults, and, ironically, an increase in appetite! Olestra is banned in Canada and the UK.

Slide 22 of 30: While this dough strengthener and riser is great for impatient bakers, it’s also linked to cancer, kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer.

Bread with potassium bromate

While this dough strengthener and riser are great for impatient bakers, it’s also linked to cancer, kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer.

Slide 23 of 30: American hamburger and hot dog buns, wraps, rolls, breadcrumbs, bagel chips, and flatbreads all commonly use brominated flour, but it’s banned in the European Union, China, Canada, and other countries.

Bread with potassium bromate

American hamburger and hot dog buns, wraps, rolls, breadcrumbs, bagel chips, and flatbreads all commonly use brominated flour, but it’s banned in the European Union, China, Canada, and other countries.

Slide 24 of 30: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are the preservatives that keep food from going rancid, and can be found in everything from cereal, nut mixes, and gum to meat, butter, and dehydrated products.

Preserved foods with BHA and BHT

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are the preservatives that keep food from going rancid and can be found in everything from cereal, nut mixes, and gum to meat, butter, and dehydrated products.

Slide 25 of 30: The chemicals, banned in the UK, Japan, and many other European countries, are linked to cancer and tumor growth. 

Preserved foods with BHA and BHT

The chemicals, banned in the UK, Japan, and many other European countries, are linked to cancer and tumor growth. 

Slide 26 of 30: Farmed fish are fed an unnatural diet of grains and often pumped with antibiotics to make them bigger, which turn them grey, and then they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin (made from petrochemicals) to make them pink.

Farm-raised salmon

Farmed fish are fed an unnatural diet of grains and often pumped with antibiotics to make them bigger, which turn them grey, and then they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin (made from petrochemicals) to make them pink.

Slide 27 of 30: Banned in Australia and New Zealand, farm-raised salmon are known to have high levels of persistent organic pollutants, which is associated with an increased risk of stroke in women.

Farm-raised salmon

Banned in Australia and New Zealand, farm-raised salmon are known to have high levels of persistent organic pollutants, which is associated with an increased risk of stroke in women.

Slide 28 of 30: Genetically engineered papaya is banned in the European Union, along with the unmarked sale of genetically modified foods, and several countries have full or partial bans in place as well.

Genetically modified fruits and vegetables

Genetically engineered papaya is banned in the European Union, along with the unmarked sale of genetically modified foods, and several countries have full or partial bans in place as well.

Slide 29 of 30: Much of the meat sold at grocery stores contains a cocktail of additives, preservatives, and food coloring agents. One especially bad additive is the drug ractopamine, fed to livestock to unnaturally boost their growth.

Ractopamine-tainted meat

Much of the meat sold at grocery stores contains a cocktail of additives, preservatives, and food coloring agents. One especially bad additive is the drug ractopamine, fed to livestock to unnaturally boost their growth.

Slide 30 of 30: Linked with cardiovascular problems and hyperactivity in both animals and humans, the use of this drug is totally banned in Russia, China, Taiwan, the European Union, and dozens of other countries.

Ractopamine-tainted meat

Linked with cardiovascular problems and hyperactivity in both animals and humans, the use of this drug is totally banned in Russia, China, Taiwan, the European Union, and dozens of other countries.

 

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  • Ivars

    Ivars

    4:19 AM, 30-03-2022

    Wow, nothing much is left to eat. Poison everywhere.

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