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

By , Deseret News

June 22, 2013

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:

1 of 8. Artificial food dye

Artificial food dye is found in practically everything we eat to make it look appealing: cake mixes, sports drinks, Jell-O, sauces, boxed macaronic and cheese, and candy.

Dangers: Artificial food coloring and dyes are made from chemicals that are derived from petroleum. Petroleum is used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt and tar. Some artificial colors have been linked to hyperactivity, cancer and cell deterioration.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France and the United Kingdom.

2 of 8. Olestra (or Olean)

Olestra is a fat-free additive found in foods such as fat-free potato chips, french fries, and corn chips.

Dangers: In 1996, the FDA approved Olestra as a food additive as a substitute for cooking oil, shortening and butter. But the invention of Olestra not only removed excess fat from foods; it restricted the body's ability to absorb essential vitamins. Other side effects include: cramps, bloating, gas and loose bowels.

Where it’s banned: the U.K. and Canada.

3 of 8. Brominated vegetable oil

Brominated vegetable oil is used to make food dye stick to liquid. It is found in several sports drinks and some sodas, including citrus sodas, to protect flavor.

Dangers: Brominated vegetable oil contains bromine, which is an ingredient used to keep couches and carpets from catching on fire. Excessive consumption of BVO can lead to organ damage, heart disease, reproductive damage and behavioral problems.

Where it’s banned: In more than 100 countries.

4 of 8. Potassium bromate (bromated flour)

Potassium bromate is found frequently in wraps, rolls, breadcrumbs and bagel chips. It is a food additive that is an oxidizing agent, primarily used in baking. The additive helps speed up the baking process, which in turn helps companies save money.

Dangers: Potassium bromate has the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil. It has been linked to kidney failure and cell deterioration.

Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada, and China.

5 of 8. Azodicarbonamide

Azodicarbonaminde is used in found commonly like breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes and packaged baked goods. It is used to make flour look more white and for dough to appear more elastic.

Dangers: Azodicarbonaminde is used in plastic foaming and is used in forming gym mats and the soles of shoes. It has been linked to a potential cause of asthma.

Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K. and most European countries.
1. JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT,
June 22, 2013

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.

2. Red Headed Stranger
Billy Bobs, TX,
June 22, 2013

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.

3. Beaver Native
Garland, UT,
June 22, 2013

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

4. Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT,
June 22, 2013

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.

5. quiltermomfifty
St George , UT,
June 22, 2013

@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!