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5 Things We Eat That Are Banned in Other Countries

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 August 2019 08:32 AM

There is a chance that those nachos on your plate, and the soda you are washing it down with, contain toxic ingredients that have been banned in other countries. There are a number of FDA-approved foods in the U.S. that are not allowed in other parts of the world.

Europe, for example, takes protective measures at the first sign that a product may be dangerous to human health, even if there is uncertainty surrounding the evidence supporting these claims. The U.S. only takes precautions when there is substantial evidence linking products to any alleged health risks.

It may sound unsettling but in many cases these risks are low. It does help to keep an eye out on certain foods and their additives though, which were highlighted in a report by HealthyWay.

Based on that data, here are the five foods that we eat that are banned in some other countries.

1.Brightly colored sodas, juices, candy, cereals and processed snacks. The culprit here is artificial food dye that has been made from petroleum or crude oil, which is what give certain foods their appealing, bright colors. Research has suggested that artificial food dye could be associated with certain cancers, although a clear link has not been established.

2. Some low-fat chips, nachos and snack items. Stroll through the aisles of your local grocer and you will likely come across low-fat versions of your favorite snacks, which sounds great in theory. However, the main ingredient that gives these foods their great taste at half the fat content is what could cause health issues. Olestra is believed to cause major gastrointestinal side effects.

3. Most pork and beef products in the U.S. Farmers are turning to ractopamine as a way of providing quality meat products at half the cost. The drug helps animals gain lean body mass while eating less. What little research has been done on the effects of ractopamine on humans has linked the drug to asthma and headaches.

4. Ingredients in bread, pizza crusts, crackers and fast food buns. Researchers believe that the chemical oxidizing agent Potassium Bromate, which is used in baking to make dough fluffier, whiter and stronger, could cause certain cancers affecting the thyroid and kidneys, as well as chronic illnesses.

5. Some dairy products. To streamline production and cut costs, dairy farmers are using genetically engineered hormones rBGH and rBST to increase milk production in cows. There is a growing body of research that suggests that these hormones can lead to various types of cancer, diabetes and obesity.

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There is a chance that those nachos on your plate, and the soda you are washing it down with, contain toxic ingredients that have been banned in other countries. There are a number of FDA-approved foods in the U.S. that are not allowed in other parts of the world.
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