Americans eat several ingredients in everyday food that are banned around the globe.
Milk and dairy products with rBGH and rBST: These are growth hormones used to increase milk production banned in the EU and Canada. They can cause cancer and many believe an increase use of antibiotics may lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
BHA and BHT: They are preservatives used in cereals, nut mixes and bubble gum. It’s banned in the UK, parts of the EU and Japan. It’s known to cause cancer in rats and may be connected to cancer in people. It may also trigger allergies.
Olestar/Olean: The fat substitute found in fat free chips and fries. It’s banned in the UK and Canada. It can cause adverse intestinal reaction including diarrhea, cramping and leaky bowels.
Bread with Potassium Bromate: This is added to bread to help the dough hold together and rise higher. It has been linked to kidney damage, tumors, cancer and damage to the nervous system. It is banned in Canada, China and the EU.
Arsenic : It’s been used in chicken feed to increase poultry weight while feeding them less. It’s banned in the EU.
Colors and Dyes : Many mac and cheese brands, cheddar-flavored crackers and Jello use dyes. Experts say some dyes (Reds 40 and Yellow 6) cause allergies. These dyes are banned in Norway, Austria, UK. The EU is requires a warning notice.
Brominated vegetable oil : BVO is used in some soft drinks like Mountain Dew and Fresca. Originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant, it has been shown to cause reproductive and behavioral problems. It is banned in Europe and Japan.
Azodicarbonamide : A food found in breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes and packaged baked goods. It makes flour look whiter. It’s also used in gym mats and the soles of shoes. It is banned in Australia, the UK and some European countries.