There are countless ingredients in foods that have been banned by other countries but are still allowed to be used by food companies in the United States.
The food in the grocery store and at local fast food restaurants in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy, to name just a few are required to eliminate toxic ingredients from their recipes to follow the countries food regulations.
All while the food in the United States contains harmful chemical ingredients that have been banned elsewhere.
The FDA comes out with new regulations for food safety often but they don’t have your back as much as you may think they do.
They don’t have our best interest or health in mind, and you probably could have guessed that by seeing how massive the obesity epidemic has become!
For many shocking, suspicious, and self serving reasons the U.S has allowed toxic ingredients that are banned in many other countries to be used in our food supply.
Due to the detrimental health effects of some nasty ingredients in the foods we eat, I want to point out some of the absolute worst offenders.
Coloring Agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6)
The reason these coloring agents are added to our food is because we eat and determine if we like food depending on how it looks. Studies show that using the same recipe without coloring the food caused consumers to think the food tasted bland. This decreased sales because consumers ate less of the food.
In the old days food coloring came from turmeric and other natural sources, but today companies have transitioned food coloring ingredients to include coal tar. This tar is also used to seal driveways.
Brominated Vegetable Oils
BVO is used to help prevent the flavor from separating and floating to the surface of beverages.
This oil competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body. If you eat this ingredient frequently you’ll put yourself at risk of developing thyroid issues, autoimmune disease, and cancer.
The main ingredient bromine, is a poisonous chemical that is toxic!
It has been linked to organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, and even hearing loss. This definitely explains why this ingredient is banned in more than 50 countries.
Most countries wait for flour to naturally whiten, but that’s not in the US since regulations are less strict. Food companies like to be fast so they use this chemical to bleach bread quickly. Only in United States is this allowed.
In some countries you can be fined half a million dollars and have to serve 15 years in prison for using this chemical. This chemical concoction has been linked to asthma, and is in foamed plastics such as yoga mats and shoes.
Synthetic Hormones (rBGH and rBST)
Farmers inject cows with these hormones to increase milk production by 10%!
Cows that are injected with these hormones become infertile and suffer from inflamed and infected udders. Mainstream dairy is a mess and contains insulin growth factor – 1, which has been linked to colon, breast, and prostate cancers.
Choose grass fed dairy and milks if you must consume them.
Food companies are allowed to use arsenic in chicken feed to promote growth, improve efficiency in feeding the birds, and boost pigmentation. Arsenic affects blood vessels in chickens and turkeys, causing them to appear pinker and therefore, fresher and more appealing.
Choose organic meats and poultry to ensure you’re getting only the highest quality of meats. Be a careful label reader and check to make sure everything is 100% organic. Some companies feed animals a natural diet and then feed them grains a week before they’re processed.
Cellulose is wood pulp and it’s labelled under the names: Carboxymethyl cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, or MCC, and Cellulose Gum.
It is commonly used by food companies to bulk up fake fiber content. Check the ingredients label next time you see added fiber on the packaging.
The FDA says ”In humans, virtually 100 percent of orally ingested cellulose can be recovered in the feces within four days, indicating that absorption does not occur.”
This means it has zero nutritional value for your health!
What you need to do next…
Check the food labels of the foods you have to make sure you don’t have any of these harmful ingredients in your kitchen.
Start eliminating foods that contain these ingredients and you’ll eliminate toxins in your body, and ultimately live a longer life, without developing any major medical problems or becoming toxic.