Living in the most technologically advanced country in the world, many Americans believe that our food supply must have the highest standards anywhere.
The fact is, many of the things we eat in the U.S. have been banned in other countries because they are viewed as dangerous to health. Here’s a list of some of the most common:
1. Hormones in Milk. In 1993, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of bovine hormones in cows, which boosts milk production by about 10 percent. However, some cow hormones have been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Giving cows hormones makes them more susceptible to illness, which means greater amounts of antibiotics are used to keep them productive. Increased use of antibiotics promotes resistant bacteria that can be deadly to humans.
Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the European Union (EU), and Canada.
2. Preservatives BHA and BHT. Manufactured from petroleum, these waxy solids are added to foods to prevent spoilage. The National Institutes of Health reports that BHA is “reasonably anticipated” to be a human carcinogen based on evidence of carcinogenicity in rats.
Where it’s banned: The UK bans BHA from baby foods. BHA and BHT are banned completely in Japan and parts of the EU.
3. Olestra. Olestra is found in diet chips including Pringles Fat free, Ruffles Light, and Lays Wow. Studies show it blocks fat absorption. Along with unhealthy fats, olestra stops the body from taking in valuable vitamins and carotenoids. It can also cause stomach troubles.
Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Lynn Allison, Newsmax Health