Ten American Foods that Are Banned In Other Countries – Part One

Salmon Dinner-2There is a scary thing going on with the food that is made and consumed in America. A lot of what we eat is actually banned in other countries. Do you know why? Other countries see it as a health threat. Here are ten foods that are common in America that are banned by other countries. Try to eliminate these ten things from your diet so that your health is not at risk either.

  1. Farm Raised Salmon: Farm raised salmon is banned in Australia and New Zealand. The problem with farm-raised salmon is that they are fed an unnatural diet of grains and antibiotics. Instead, look for wild-caught salmon that is bright pink and healthier. How can you tell if your salmon is farm raised? One source says, “If the fish is pale pink with wide fat marks, the salmon is farmed.” Also, farmed salmon can be called Atlantic salmon too, so avoid that term when buying your fish. You can bet that majority of salmon at restaurants is farm raised. Instead look for salmon that is of Alaskan or sockeye varieties since those are not allowed to be farmed.
  2. Genetically Engineered Papayas: Unfortunately most Hawaiian papayas are genetically engineered to be resistant to the ringspot virus. This is unfortunate because it makes the once healthy papaya a health danger. It is banned in all European unions and for good reason. America is turning towards more and more genetically engineered food.
  3. Ractopamine-Tainted Meat: One hundred and sixty countries were smart enough to ban the ractopamine-tainted meat, yet there is quite a large percentage of US meat that still has it. Ractopamine is used to reduce the overall fat content of the meat and is used in 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys. The scary thing is that 20 percent of the drug stays within the meat, leading to many being poisoned by the drug through their steak dinner. Even scarier is that the US does not even test their meat for this dangerous drug.
  4. Flame Retardant Drinks: There are many flame retardant items on the market, but one thing you don’t want to be flame retardant is your sports drink! Mountain Dew and other citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks contain a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil. This oil is used to make things flame retardant. These drinks are banned all throughout Europe and Japan.
  5.  Processed Foods that Contain Artificial Colors and Dyes: Artificial colors and dyes are in a wide variety of products and our health and the health of our children are at risk. There are more than 3,000 food additives that are used in processed foods and we are paying the price! Everything from Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese, to jello, to even kid’s vitamins contain the dye and other unfriendly ingredients. The additives come with a long list of health problems including cancer, birth defects, allergies, and behavioral issues. Norway and Austria have banned these foods, and Europe requires all of these foods to carry a warning. Should what you eat really have a warning on it?

Come back next week to find out what other five foods are banned in other countries. The next five banned foods will shock you just as much as these did.


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