Did you know that there are a number of foods that are widely used in the US but are banned in other countries as health hazards? Shocking but true. Americans may not be eating the healthiest food on the planet. Processed food that is consumed the most, and they are high in calories and cholesterol and so on. USA is supposed to be foremost in the world in keeping health hazards away from her citizens. After all, regional delicacies such as the Fugu fish of Japan and Haggis of Scotland are banned here as health risks. This subject however, is a matter for another occasion, but here are 5 foods eaten in the US that are banned elsewhere.

Food Coloring

food coloring
ArtificialFood coloring has no function other than to make food look inviting. They are used in almost any processed food. Mac and Cheese, Jell-O, Candy, soft drinks; the list goes on and on. Not all food colorings are harmful, but a lot are. Yellow #5 and 6,blue #1 and #2, and red #40 are known to be health risks, variously causinghypersensitivity in children,behavioral problems, cancer and birth defects.Norway and Austria ban them, and the EU requires a warning notice.

Olestra

olestra
Olestra was supposed to be good for us. It is a zero-calorie fat substitute and is used in fat-free potato chips. This substance is banned in the UK and Canada as they proved to give gastrointestinal problems, and weight gain in rats during tests.

Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically engineered (GE) food and indeed Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) has been stirring up worldwide controversy. They are supposed to be hazardous to the health. The European Union requires that such food be appropriately and bans GE Papaya outright.

Farmed Salmon

farmed salmon
The fact that Salmon is a delicacy and much in demand, has led to increased farming of the fish. Farmed Salmon obviously don’t have the same diet as wild salmon. They are fed an unnatural diet of grains, and are also given drugs including antibiotics. This gives their flesh a grey tinge. To give them the pink-red coloring of their wild cousins, they are fed synthetic astaxanthine, a petroleum product banned in several parts of the world. Australia and New Zealand bans this varieties of farmed salmon.

Meat with Ractopamine

Ractopamine is a growth-promotion drug that is used widely in the livestock farms in the country. Its consumption has been linked to cardiovascular problems and hyperactivity, yet it is still used in this country.

There are many such foods which are still sold and bought here. A search on the internet will reveal them. What can you do to avoid such health hazards? Don’t panic. You can avoid them. Just use your common sense.

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