10 Types of Food Approved for Consumption in the US, but Banned in Other Countries
Food in the United States is laced with a slew of harmful ingredients – ingredients that are actually banned in much of the rest of the world. In fact, some of the products that are exported to the rest of the world that are made in the US, actually are tweeked to NOT contain these harmful additives – yet – the recipes are NOT adjusted for sale to the people in the United States. Seriously, how messed up is that? Here’s a list of 10 things that should disturb you.
1. Farm-raised Salmon
Farm-raised salmon is banned allowed in the United States but is banned in other countries because the fish are fed with dangerous chemicals. Salmon living and growing in a natural environment (wild) get their pink color by ingesting natural carotenoids.
Farm raised salmon are fed a diet of genetically modified grains, antibiotics, drugs, and chemicals. All these additives to their diet make them appear gray in color – so to make them look pretty – they are then fed petrolchemicals called synthetic astaxanthin – which isn’t even approved for human consumption!
You also want to avoid Atlantic salmon, because typically salmon which is labeled as “Atlantic Salmon” was raised on fish farms. When buying salmon, there are two designations you want to look for: “Alaskan salmon,” and “sockeye salmon”. Alaskan Salmon is not allowed to be raised on a farm.
2. Genetically Engineered Papaya
The European Union has banned genetically engineered papaya. Papaya is genetically engineered is to eliminate “ringspot virus” in the fruit. Hawaiian papaya is, by the way, genetically engineered.
Studies clearly show that animals fed with a diet that includes genetically engineered foods are suffering in many ways including damage to intestines, massive tumors, birth defects, sterility in later generations of offspring, organ damage, and death.
Michael Taylor, the former Monsanto attorney and Vice President, is in charge of US food safety. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is also a former Monsanto attorney, but he refuses to acknowledge any possible conflict of interest.
3. Ractopamine-tainted Meat
What is Ractopamine? It is a beta agonist drug that acts as a repartitioning agent to increase photosynthesis. A drug commonly used in medication for asthma (!) has been shown to increase muscle mass in mice, and therefore, it was figured to increase the muscle mass of our pigs, cattle, and fowl raised for consumption.
How much of the drug fed to the animals is actually found in our meat supply? About 20%.
Ractopamine is banned in over 160 countries, but NOT in the US. In fact, Russia has banned meat imported from the US for this reason. We don’t even test our meat here for it!
Ractopamine is associated with malfunctions of the reproductive system, increase of mastitis in dairy cows, and increased death rate and disability of animals.
Researchers have also found that it affects the human cardiovascular system. It is held as responsible for hyperactivity. It may also cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes.
Write to your officials and demand our meat be racopamine-free.
4. Flame Retardant Drinks
Are you a US citizen enjoying a Mountain Dew, a sports-drink, or any citric flavored soda? You might want to rethink that sugary time-bomb. Not that these drinks are healthy anyhow, but they also contain BVO (brominated vegetable oil) which is a synthetic chemical that originally was used as, of all things, a FLAME RETARDANT! Apparently the US government thinks it’s okay for its citizens to ingest, but it’s banned in all of Europe and Japan.
BVO is a member of the halide family. When it enters the system it begins to fight for the same receptors that capture iodine. Iodine deficiency can cause serious health issues. It is also a depressant on the central nervous system.
BVO accumulate in human tissue and in breast milk, and during studies on animals researchers found BVO causes some serious behavioral problems and reproductive issues.
5. Artificial Colors and Dyes
The US food manufacturers certainly love their colorful cookies, candies, drinks, and food. With over 3,000 food additives in the form of colors, flavoring, preservatives and other additives – our food is loaded with them.
Coincidentally, many of these artificial colors and dyes are illegal in other countries. What I find most odd is that food manufacturers in the US will sell other countries the same products WITHOUT the banned ingredients – BUT leave them in the products sold in the US. I find this incredibly stupid and selfish.
Research has concluded that many of these additives have a profound effect on human behavior, namely children, and have some contribution to certain cancers and birth defects. Children are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD so often now and are most often given a pill to balance them out. Doctors and researchers are now finding that by removing dyes, colors, and additives from the children’s diets – their symptoms reverse in about a week.
6. Arsenic-laced Chicken
To make our chickens grow faster and make them “look fresher”, the USDA approved giving arsenic based drugs to our animals raised for consumption. Right there that sounds crazy.
Environmental groups have sued the FDA asking to have these drugs removed from the market. Meanwhile, the European Union has never even approved any of these drugs as safe for use in their animals or any other purpose. Therefore, it’s banned there.
The FDA says these are safe because they contain organic arsenic (inorganic is known to cause cancer.) Yet it is known that organic arsenic could transform quite easily into inorganic arsenic. The inorganic (cancer-causing) arsenic also finds its way into our water systems through the manure of the animals consuming it.
7. Baked Goods with Potassium Bromate
Western culture is overloaded with potassium bromide which is an additive put into breads and baked goods in the US. It comes in through the ingredient flour.
They call it “enriching” the bread – as it makes it more pliable and able to stand on the bread hooks. Honestly, in my opinion, we can certainly do without that!
Potassium bromide is associated with kidney disorders, nervous system damage, thyroid issues, cancers, and gastrointestinal issues. It is listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible carcinogen. it’s banned in China, Canada, and the EU.
A few years ago, Olestra (also known as Olean) made its way onto Time Magazines list of the top 50 worst inventions.
Olestra is an invention of Proctor and Gamble and it’s used to substitute fat in our snacks. If you see “fat-free” it’s probably because there’s olestra in it. It was also known to cause diarrhea.
This nasty addition to US foods is banned in the UK and in Canada.
9. BHA and BHT
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are preservatives which are mixed into breakfast cereals, chewing gum, butters and spreads, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer, and an endless list of products we consume in the US.
BHA causes cancer in rats, and is considered a cancer-causing agent in humans. In 2011, the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens, says BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
BHA causes allergic reactions and hyperactivity, and the use of BHT may cause toxicity of the organs.
UK manufacturers are not allowed to use BHA in the production of infant foods. These preservatives are also banned in some parts of the EU and Japan.
10. Milk and Dairy Laced with rBGH
rBGH is injected into cows to give them better milk production. But, studies show it may contribute or cause an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer because it converts normal cells into cancerous ones.
rBGH has been developed by Monsanto (of course) who engineered it from genetically modified E. Coli bacteria. Yuck.
For years we’ve been trying to eliminate the use of growth hormones from our food supply with no real action by the US government. Why? Every attempt was shut down quick by lobbyists for the dairy and pharmaceutical industries and the government officials they controlled.
rBGH has been a bone of contention for decades from Cancer Prevention Coalition. They have been unsuccessful in getting this horrible substance banned. The FDA continues to overlook or poo-poo evidence about the dangers of rBGH and continues to say it is safe for human consumption. It’s been banned in at least 30 countries including Australia, Israel, the EU, Canada, and New Zealand, but apparently it’s safe according the FDA.
When purchasing milk look for “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH” on the label.
Contact YOUR congressman and demand they make changes and take the health of their constituency seriously!
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