You might have heard there are many food items and drugs which are banned in the US which are otherwise widely accepted around the world. But there is much more to this. There are many food items that are sold in the United States but are banned in other countries. Yes, you read it right. There are many food items that are sold in America are inferior to the same food items sold in other countries. They are banned either because they consist of harmful additives, genetically engineered ingredients, the growth of promoters or some other dangerous practices.
It will not be wrong to term the below mentioned four American foods to be responsible for the skyrocketing diseases percentage in the past few years:
1. Farm-Raised Salmon: To enjoy the health benefits of fish, it is best to stay away from the farm-raised fish and salmon in particular as it is fed on dangerous chemicals. The farm-raised salmon is banned in New Zealand and Australia. The wild salmon gets the bright pinkish-red color because of the natural carotenoids in the diet. Whereas, the farm-raised salmon is raised on the unnatural diet of grain most of them are genetically engineered, a concoction of antibiotics and series of other chemicals and This diet gives the fish the unappetizing gray flesh and to get the desired color, the fish are fed the synthetic astaxanthin which is made from petrochemicals. These petrochemicals are not fit for human consumption and have high toxic levels.
2. Flame retardant drinks: If you live in the US and drink citrus-flavored sodas, or Mountain Dew or Sports drink, then remember you are drinking the BVO (brominated vegetable oil), a chemical patented by flame retardants. This chemical bio-accumulates in the breast milk and human tissues. Bromine is a nervous system depressant and endocrine disruptor. It belongs to the family of Halide, a group that includes elements such as iodine, fluorine, and chlorine. When consumed, bromine element competes with the receptors that are otherwise used for capturing the iodine. This might lead to the deficiency of iodine. The bromine toxicity can cause acne, skin rashes, fatigue, cardiac arrhythmias and loss of appetite. It is the reason the drinks with BVO are banned in Japan and Europe.
3. Ractopamine-Tainted Meat: The drug is used in more than 45% of the US pigs, in turkeys and over 30% in ration-fed cattle. The animals are fed the drug few days before the slaughter as it reduces the fat content of the meat and makes them muscular. When the meat in bought from the market, the 20% of the drug is still there in the meat. More than 1700 people complained of having food poisoning after eating pigs that were fed on this drug. More than 160 countries in China, Europe, and Russia have banned the use of Ractopamine-Tainted Meat. This drug is known to affect the human cardiovascular system, hyperactivity and in some cases might even cause the behavioral changes and chromosomal abnormalities.
4. Olestra: This cholesterol-free and calorie-free fat substitute manufactured by Procter & Gamble, is widely used in fat-free snacks. This invention has been listed under worst 50 inventions, but still, this has not deterred the users. People believe that fat-free snacks are healthier, but this far from the truth. Studies show that Olestra affects the intestine and also hinders the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K. Therefore, as per FDA, these vitamins must be added to the products made from Olestra. Food items comprising of Olestra are banned in Canada and UK.
The best way to avoid the above mentioned food items, the golden rule is to ditch the processed-food completely. So, during your next shopping trip swap the regular meat with organic meat, poultry, dairy products and even fruits and veggies.