Such a great article I came across on Buzzfeed comparing what we eat here in the United States that are BANNED from other countries. Definitely worth your time reading and definitely an eye opener! The 8 foods mentioned here are:
Artificial food dyes – have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity in children.
Olestra – robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins
Brominated vegetable oil – BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.
Potassium bromate – linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.
Azodicarbonamide – known to induce asthma.
BHA and BHT –known to cause cancer in rats.
Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST – potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.
Arsenic –Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is poison, which will kill you if you ingest enough.
Arsenic has been discovered in brown rice syrup, an ingredient that is commonly used to sweeten cereals. This toxic element is a chemical linked to cancer, chronic diseases, as well as developmental effects according to a study done by Dartmouth University.
Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup in prepared organic foods. One of the infant formulas tested contained twice the inorganic arsenic allowed in drinking water, according to Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tested 17 infant formulas, 29 cereal bars and three types of energy shot drinks. Two infant formulas –- one dairy based and the other soy based – listed organic brown rice syrup as their primary ingredient. They both contained arsenic levels 20 times higher than the other formulas made without organic brown rice syrup.
While organic foods are generally seen as healthier, Dr. Mehmet Oz told TODAY Thursday that organic doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Even foods that are organic may absorb arsenic through a natural process, he said. Rice seems to take up arsenic from the soil and different varieties take up different amounts of arsenic, according to the article.
It’s true, many of us view anything organic as safe. But this is not always true. This is a scary thought, but in order to reduce your chances of something happening to you or someone close to you…be sure to read labels, do your research, and don’t always trust what people are selling you.