9 American Foods That Have Been Banned In Other Countries

  • By Dr. Anand Thakkar
  • 03 Oct, 2016
1) Artificial Food Dyes: 


Where it's found: Cereals, baked goods, candy, sports drinks, soda, macaroni and cheese, and more

Why it's bad: Dyes might make your food look pretty, but they're made from chemicals derived from  petroleum , and in case you didn't know, that's also used to make gasoline, diesel, and tar. If it fuels your car, it shouldn't fuel you.


2) Farmed Salmon: 

Why it's bad: If you're doubling up your salmon intake because of all the amazing health benefits of those omega-3 fatty acids, you need to consider if you're buying wild caught or farm-raised. Farmed salmon are raised on an unnatural diet of grains, antibiotics, and other drugs, leaving the fish with gray flesh, which is then pinkened with  synthetic astaxanthin  made from petrochemicals.


3) Brominated Vegetable Oil: 

Where it's found: Sports drinks and citrus flavored soda

Why it's bad: The main ingredient is a  poisonous chemical  that is toxic and corrosive to the body, having been linked to organ system damage, birth defects, schizophrenia, and more (if those weren't terrifying enough).


4) Olestra

Where it's found: Fat-free potato chips and French fries

Why it's bad: Lower calorie counts aren't always worth it when the product is made with cooking oil substitute  Olestra , which inhibits your bodys ability to absorb vitamins.


5) Azodicarbonamide

Where it's found: Frozen dinners, boxed pasta, packaged baked goods, various breads

Why it's bad: This chemical, which helps bleach flour quickly, is also used in foamed plastics, and has been linked to  asthma .


6) Synthetic Hormones (rBGH and rBST) 


Where it's found: Milk and dairy products

Why it's bad: You've probably heard about the dangers of synthetic hormones by now, so it's borderline insane that they're still legal in the United States. Cows treated with them can become infertile and develop inflamed udders, so if we think humans are immune to the effects, we're wrong. The hormones have been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancer , so it's definitely not something to mess around with.


7) BHA & BHT

Where it's found: Cereal, gum, butter, meat, mixed nuts

Why it's bad: They help keep food from becoming rancid, which is good in theory, but these chemicals have been proven to cause cancer in  rats , and the risk of causing cancer in humans is not one worth taking.


8) Arsenic

Where it's found: Poultry

Why it's bad: Arsenic  in chicken feed promotes growth and boosts pigmentation, which in turn makes the chicken flesh look much more pink (and probably appear healthier), but it's anything but. Arsenic is classified as a human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency, so eat at your own risk.


9) Potassium Bromate

Where it's found: Wraps, rolls, flatbread, bagel chips, breadcrumbs

Why it's bad: Made with the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour helps with  decreasing baking time and cost , but is the convenience worth the risk of kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage?


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