Foods We Eat in America That are Banned in Other Countries

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Ready to be disgusted during your next visit to the grocery store? You’ve been warned.

Turns out, there are many foods and ingredients allowed on U.S. store shelves that have been banned in some other countries. Go figure, I always thought America was the healthiest place on Earth (snark), what with all our GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, and national outrage over Twinkies being removed from stores. (Thankfully, it looks like they will be back, so good news for those of you who panicked that you wouldn’t be able to eat the 37 ingredients it takes to make one.)

But I digress. Let’s get back to the really gross stuff.

BuzzFeed recently ran an article outlining 8 foods we still eat yet other nations have banned from their resident’s diets. Let’s take a look.

Artificial food dye – Found in, well, nearly everything we buy at the store. Many “colors” are currently banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the U.K. due to the fact that they have been linked to cancer.

BHA & BHT – These ingredients keep your favorite products from going bad, but they can make your insides turn bad instead. See my article What Is BHT And Why You Should Avoid It for more. California lists this ingredient as a possible carcinogen and it has been banned in the U.K., Japan, and several European countries.

Olestra – Olestra makes your favorite chips and cookies “fat free” but also can give you bad diarrhea. Found in Ruffles Light and Lay’s WOW chips, yet banned in Canada and the U.K.

Bromated flour – Cuts the cost of baking with “real” ingredients, bromated flour is banned in Europe, Canada, and China.

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) – Found in sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas, this oil makes food dyes (above) stick to liquid and keeps flavoring from separating and coming to the surface. Banned in over 100 countries, it is linked to organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, and schizophrenia.

Azodicarbonamide – This lovely sounding ingredient is found in frozen dinners and pastas, and it is used to bleach flour. It is banned in Australia, the U.K., and most of Europe.

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