As seen on Mercola, more and more Americans are realizing that most of the foods sold in the U.S. are inferior to some foods being sold elsewhere. Believe it or not, Americans are eating foods that are banned in other countries. Taking into consideration that the overall health and well-being of American citizens is much poorer than that of people from other industrialized countries, it is quite reasonable to ask ourselves whether our toxic diets are contributing factors.
Now, let us check out the list containing 10 foods that are commonly eaten in the U.S., but are banned elsewhere.
10 Foods Banned in other Countries
- GMO papaya
Nowadays, most Hawaiian papaya is genetically modified in order to become resistant to ringspot virus. Growing research indicates that animals that are given GMOs like corn and soy, suffer from a long list of health problems like organ damage, intestinal damage, tumors, and birth defects, as well as premature death. This product is banned in the EU.
- Farm-raised salmon
If you want to benefit from fish, you need to avoid consuming the farmed ones, especially salmon. This is because they are given an immense amount of chemicals and are raised on unnatural diets and grains, including GMOs, as well as a mixture of antibiotics and other suspicious chemicals. This product is prohibited in Australia and Russia. Want to know how to recognize wild and farm-raised salmon? Remember, the flesh of a wild salmon is bright red and lean and so it has very thin, white stripes. If the fish is pale pink and with wide fat marks, it means that it has been farm-raised.
- Phosphate additives
As explained on Healing Life Is Natural, these additives are present in meat products with the goal to enhance their moisture absorption, flavor, and color. Unfortunately, consuming this type of meat elevates the amount of bacteria present in chicken and thus, puts you at a higher risk of heart illness. In the EU, these additives are prohibited.
- Bleached flour
White, bleached flour is created with the goal to maximize profit by speeding up the manufacturing process. In other countries, the flour is left to naturally bleach itself because artificial bleaching is known to contribute to the creation of a dangerous byproduct known as alloxan, which is FDA approved, believe it or not. But, Australia, Singapore, and the EU have banned artificial bleaching of flour.
- Milk and dairy with rBGH
rBGH is a growth hormone and it is the largest-selling animal drug in the U.S., according to Mercola. It is a synthetic version of a natural hormone found in the pituitary glands of cows. It is administered into cows with the goal to boost their production of milk. 30 other nations have it banned because it is a threat to human health. It has been linked to prostate, colorectal, and breast cancer. This type of milk and dairy is prohibited in New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Australia, and in the EU.
- Processed foods containing artificial colors and dyes
Did you know that these chemicals are a regular thing that is being added to foods like cheddar-flavored crackers? These substances have been associated with birth defects and allergy-like hypersensitivity. The usage of these chemicals is prohibited in Austria and Norway.
- Flame retardants in drinks
Drinks like Fanta, Mountain Dew, and Gatorade contain flame retardants, among other suspicious ingredients. When consumed frequently, they can lead to behavioral and reproductive problems in animals and they have been connected to organ damage and growth-related problems. Japan and the EU have banned the usage of flame retardants in drinks.
- Red Bull
This energy drink is considered to be the favorite energy drinks of Americans and British people. However, it is definitely not a healthy one! It contains a high amount of caffeine and sugar. It has been associated with hypertension, cancer, and other serious health complications. In Kuwait however, this drink is banned.
- BHA & BHT preservatives
Consuming foods that contain these preservatives can lead to allergy-like symptoms and hyperactivity. In mice, BHA has caused cancer. These substances are banned in Japan and the EU.
This calorie-and-cholesterol-free fat replacement used in fat-free snacks such as French fries and chips is considered to be one of the worst inventions of all time; however, this has not stopped companies from using it to satisfy the belief of many consumers that a snack free of fat is a healthy one. One study from 2011 linked Olean with weight gain, diarrhea, leaky bowel, and cramps. Although it is widely present in the U.S., it is prohibited in Canada and the UK.