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.
The next time you pick up Gatorade to re-store your electrolytes, you might want to rethink your decision. How does the FDA approve Gatorade to contain the ingredient brominated vegetable oil? The ingredient shares an element, bromine, with some flame retardants used in furniture and plastics. Some studies on BVO indicate it can build up in fatty tissues and cause reproductive and behavioral problems in rodents.
It’s illegal to use the chemical as a food additive in the European Union, India, Nepal, Canada, Brazil and Japan, so why not the United States? Other ingredients that are allowed in American food but not in other countries include certain artificial colors and additives to flour.
How can we stop this? Are you aware of this ingredient in your drink? What are your thoughts/comments?