8 readily available foods in the US that are banned in other countries

Published: Saturday, June 22 2013 10:37 a.m. MDT

It is a known fact that several snacks and drinks commonly available in American grocery stores are unhealthy. However, some common foods are so unhealthy, they're banned in other countries.

As first highlighted by Buzzfeed, a new book titled "Rich Food Poor Food" by Dr. Jason Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton features a section solely dedicated to a list of banned ingredients, including where they are banned and what caused governments to ban them.

One of the most common ingredients that has been banned in some countries is artificial food coloring. Food coloring is made from petroleum and is found in several American products, such as soda, sports drinks, macaroni and cheese, and candies. Although average consumption of these products may not cause adverse effects, moderate to excessive consumption of some of these ingredients can have life-threatening consequences.

Here is a list of eight ingredients found on grocery shelves in the United States that are banned in other countries:

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Salt Lake City, UT

GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops are also foods that other countries will not allow that is a main staple of our diet. China recently destroyed 3 shiploads of GMO corn. GMO wheat, a crop not yet approved to be grown in the US, mysteriously is found planted in a field in Oregon, causing the price of Wheat to fall as other countries become reluctant to buy.

In the Word of Wisdom where it speaks of the evils and designs of conspiring men in the last days, I think the Lord had Monsanto in mind.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

I'm surprised this list doesn't contain the food additive/industrial solvent Dihydro Monoxide. This insidious chemical is
-one of the principal components of acid rain which destroyed large sections of the Northeastern forests.
-NASA doesn't want you to know that when they burn rocket fuel, it is one of the primary exhaust fumes from rockets.
-Ford and GM and perhaps even Mercedes (I'm still doing research) uses the stuff in car engines.
-Nuclear power plants use this chemical in the production of power, and the later mitigation of radioactive material. The stuff is so hard-core it stops ALPHA PARTICLES
-Our government has allowed this corrosive chemical to collect in our streams, aquifer, lakes and oceans.
-Most troubling, the FDA has certified this chemical as a SAFE additive into our food and drinking supplies!!!

This is unconscionable. I salute the Deseret News for the responsible act of bringing these important food safety issues to our attention, with their carefully balanced and scientific approach to chemistry.

Please petition your Senator for the total ban of Dihydro Monoxide in our country. Think of the children.

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

Before you write your Senator, Red Headed Stranger is trying to get you to fall for a hoax. Dihydro Monoxide is water.

Salt Lake City, UT

Jacob_Z: What happened to the cow that jumped over the moon? Udder destruction.

I have been trained by my wife to read labels, and have done a little reading regarding additives and "things" put in our food. We have seriously curtailed our dinning out, and our consumption of processed foods long before this article came onto the scene.

We bake our own bread and even grind our own wheat and spelt (allergy problems to wheat). Is it not possible that some of the mentioned additives and others deemed "Safe" by the FDA may not be so safe for consumption on a long term (life-time use) scale.

Is it not possible much of our societal ills i.e., obesity, ADD, early onset of menarche, and diabetes may have a link to the additives put into our mainstream food supply?

Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware) is a good philosophy to live by and to purchase food by. When we solve this issue, how about looking into the chemicals we use in our homes for cleaning, pest control, and on the lawn and garden.

One can buy, or some people will do, anything in this world for money.

St George , UT

@Beaver Native: Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.  It isn't water!

Bountiful, UT

Lets rethink what is allowed in foods. Having food be a nice color at the cost of it being less healthy isn't worth it.

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

Like Jim I think that GMO foods are a real risk, especially given that Monsanto, producer of Roundup, is developing food crops that are resistant to their herbicide. Be very afraid.

Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX

"Beaver Native

Before you write your Senator, Red Headed Stranger is trying to get you to fall for a hoax. Dihydro Monoxide is water."

Sigh. No, I wasn't trying to "get (people) to fall for a hoax." Quite the opposite. I was a physics major in college, and while I no longer work in the sciences (in a direct sense) I tutor STEM majors in math and physics.

Why I pulled out the DHMO meme was because of the alarmist and overly scary sounding tone of the article. It was using "sciency" sounding words I thought in an overly sensationalist way. I thought I was over the top sarcastic, especially with the line "Think of the children" but I guess I overestimated the audience. Very well. Carry on, eat your organic vegetables that cost twice and much and use more increasingly scarce water and land.

Salt Lake City, UT

Big Bubba, I agree roundup ready crops are something to be concerned about. Maybe not so much that the plant being made resistant to roundup has altered its nutritional state, but that farmers are now dumping more roundup on the crops to kill the weeds. And, as weeds become more resistant to roundup, more and more roundup is used on the crops. as a consequence, produce sold today is introducing a lot of roundup into our diet

One ingredient of roundup, glyphosate, while claimed to be safe for animals and humans, destroys the intestinal flora, the good bacteria in our gut which plays a key role in our health. You know the "health in the navel" part of the word of wisdom.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Reading this list is just more evidence that our government is about representing and protecting corporations, not the citizens. I guess we deserve the government we elect including the hazards of it such as cancer, kidney failure, heart disease and a host of other side-effects found in that list.

Brigham City, UT

The FDA was founded upon a reasonable premise: that the American people needed to be protected from bad foods and drugs.

However, it has morphed into a GOCO - a Government Owned, Contractor Operated entity. In other words, it is operated by the people it is supposed to regulate. Top executives from food and drug companies regularly transfer into top management positions at the FDA. The foxes are guarding the chicken coop.

How does this happen? They just contribute megabucks to the campaign coffers of our representatives, senators, and the president. Then, when those people are elected, they implement the agenda of the food and drug companies. And that is why the FDA has approved so many dangerous drugs and food additives over the years.

Spanish Fork, Ut

And yet alcohol and tobacco that undisputed has killed and injured millions worldwide is legally sold everywhere. We are stupid stupid people.

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