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10 US Foods Banned in Other Countries

10 US Foods Banned in Other Countries

foods banned in other countriesFoods banned in other countries are lining the shelves of American grocery stores. You would think that the US Government would have tight controls over what manufacturers can put in our food, but the fact is we have more substances added to our foods that could be dangerous to our health than in foreign countries. Here is a list of 10 US foods banned in other countries.

Farmed Salmon

foods banned in other countries salmonYou might be eating salmon for its health benefits, but do you know what you are actually putting in your body? Australia and New Zealand have banned farmed salmon. Farmed salmon are raised in crowded conditions filled with disease. Their diet consists of food unnatural to the salmon’s diet such as grains. To fight the bacterial diseases that are rampant in the population, the fish are pumped with antibiotics and other medications. Because of these conditions, the salmon’s flesh is an ugly gray color, so they get fed a synthetic astaxanthin, which is made from petrochemicals to make the flesh look a more appetizing salmon color. These chemicals are not approved for people to eat, but if your food is eating it, aren’t you?

BVO in Sports Drinks and Citrus-Flavored Sodas

foods banned in other countries bvo

Many of these drinks (such as Mountain Dew) sold in the US contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which is a substance banned in Europe, India, and Japan. This synthetic chemical was originally made as a flame retardant. BVO is known to cause reproductive problems and even behavioral problems in animals when used in large doses. It has been shown to accumulate in human breast milk. Pepsi announced they were removing BVO from Gatorade in early 2013 to appeal to consumers, but they have no plans to remove it from Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew.

Artificial Food Colors and Dyes Found in Processed Foods


foods banned in other countries additivesThe foods in the US have over 3,000 additives such as colors, flavorings, and preservatives even though research shows that they cause toxic and hazardous health effects. Banned in Norway and Austria, these substances are known to cause behavioral problems in kids and are associated with cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. The following additives are banned in multiple countries: red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2. These are some of the most used dyes in the US. These dyes may be contaminated with carcinogens. Also, red 40 and yellow 6 may cause hypersensitivity like an allergy. Labels in the EU require warnings on most food that contain these dyes.

Chicken with Arsenic


foods banned in other countries chicken“I’ll have the chicken with arsenic sauce,” said nobody ever. The US approves the use of arsenic-based drugs for use in animal feed, but environmental groups are fighting against its use. These drugs make animals grow faster and give the meat a pinker and falsely “healthier” appearance. Arsenic, which is a carcinogen is banned in the EU and has never been allowed in animal feed.

Papaya that Is Genetically Engineered

foods banned in other countries papayaThe European Union (EU) has banned genetically engineered papaya. The majority of the Hawaiian papaya has been genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus. Other common engineered foods include corn and soy. Growing research shows that animals who are fed these genetically engineered foods have many health problems such as tumors, birth defects, intestinal damage, organ damage, premature death, and sterility problems.

Meat with Ractopamine

foods banned in other countries ractopamineRactopamine is a drug that reduces the fat content in meat. It is banned in 160 countries. Ractopamine is used in 45% of US pigs, 30% of ration-fed cattle, and in turkeys (unknown amount). The meat you buy can contain up to 20% of the ractopamine. It causes problems with the human cardiovascular system, and may cause hyperactivity and chromosomal abnormalities. How do you know if your meat has been treated with this drug?

Bread with Postassium Bromate

foods banned in other countries breadBromated flour is enriched with potassium bromate, which is a possible carcinogen, to make the dough more elastic. It is banned in China, Canada, and the EU. In the US you can find that Pepperidge Farm does not use bromated flour in their products. Studies on bromide have found that it causes nervous system damage, thyroid problems, kidney damage, and gastrointestinal problems.


foods banned in other countries olestraIt was the subject of many  jokes in the 1990s when Proctor & Gamble first marketed this calorie-free and cholesterol-free fat substitute for use in fat-free snacks, chips, and French fries. While most of the American public chose not to have their chips with a side of anal leakage and diarrhea (and other unpleasant side-effects), the unfunny truth is that this substance is still being put into products to make consumers think they are buying fat-free “healthy” snacks. Purdue University did a study in 2011 that showed that rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight anyway. The product is banned in the UK and in Canada.


foods banned in other countries BHTThese preservatives can be found in many US breakfast cereals, nut mixes, chewing gum, meat, beer, dehydrated potatoes, and butter spread. BHA is banned in infant foods in the UK. Both BHA (which causes cancer in rats) and BHT (which can cause organ system toxicity) are banned in parts of the EU and in Japan.

Growth Hormones in Milk and Dairy Products

foods banned in other countries hormonesRecombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a synthetic version of a natural hormone, bovine somatotropin (rBST), that is produced in a cow’s pituitary gland. While banned in the EU and many other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Canada, it can be injected into US cows to increase milk production. It causes an increased risk of colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer. This one is easier to avoid than some of the other items on this list. Buy organic dairy, which does not use rBGH or rBST. Also, many dairies are hearing the American public and have stopped using these hormones in milk. Read the label. Buy milk and dairy products that say they are not from cows treated with these hormones.

How Can I Avoid Foods Banned in Other Countries?

This list is not complete. There are many more foods that contain ingredients that are not best for your health. Your best bet for prostate health and overall health is to avoid processed foods and eat whole foods. Stick to the outside aisles of the grocery store. Most of the aisles in the middle are filled with processed foods and chemicals. When you do venture in to the middle aisles, read labels to avoid ingredients and additives found there. Look for products labeled GMO-free or “made with organic ingredients.” As for meat and dairy and eggs, buy organic whenever possible. Buy meats that are grass-fed and raised in a pasture. Also, buying organic produce whenever you can will help you to avoid pesticide exposure. Following these guidelines can help keep unwanted chemicals, hormones, and drugs found in foods banned in other countries out of your body.


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