The shocking list of foods readily available in US grocery stores that are BANNED in other countries for containing dangerous chemicals

  • In Singapore, you  can get sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for using a chemical  in food products that’s common in frozen dinners
  • Mtn Dew and  products used to keep carpets from catching on fire are made from the same  chemical
  • A chemical  found in Chex Mix is known to cause cancer in rats

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 22:06 EST, 20  June 2013 |  UPDATED: 01:00 EST, 21 June 2013

If you enjoy snacks and drinks like Mtn Dew,  Chex Mix, Hungry Man frozen dinners, or roughly 80 percent of all the packaged  foods sold in your average, American grocery store, you may want to sit down  before reading this.

Many of the chemicals found in America’s most  common foods are considered to be so unhealthy that they’re actually ILLEGAL in  other countries.

A new book on nutrition lists six food  additives that are found in a wide range of popular groceries sanctioned by the  Food and Drug Administration, but foreign governments have determined to be too  dangerous to allow their citizens to consume.

Extreme! Mt. Dew is made with a chemical that also is used to prevent carpets from catching on fire 

Extreme! Mt. Dew is made with a chemical that also is  used to prevent carpets from catching on fire

 

Bubble gag: Bubble Yum contains a chemical that is known to cause cancer in rats 

Bubble gag: Bubble Yum contains a chemical that is known  to cause cancer in rats

Rich Food, Poor Food‘ by Doctor Jayson Calton and Mira Calton, a  certified nutritionist, features a list of what the authors call ‘Banned Bad  Boys’ – a list of the ingredients, where they’re banned and what caused  governments to ban them.

One of the most common ‘Bad Boys’ is  different variations of food coloring, which actually is made from petroleum and  is found in everyday items like soda, sports drinks, mac and cheese, cake, candy  and several other common, American products.

The chemicals used to make these different  dyes have proven to cause various different cancers and can even potentially  mutate healthy DNA.

Olestra is a fat substitute. It also causes a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids  

Olestra is a fat substitute. It also causes a dramatic  depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids

 

Petroleum Loops: fruit loops are delicious - and made from a product that's made out of the same stuff that makes gasoline 

Petroleum Loops: fruit loops are delicious – and made  from a product that’s made out of the same stuff that makes gasoline

European countries like Norway, Finland,  France and Austria all have banned at least one variation of  petroleum-containing food coloring.

Another common additive banned in other  countries but allowed in the U.S. is Olestra, which essentially is a fat  substitute found in products that traditionally have actual fat.

For example, low-fat potato chips like  Ruffles Lite, Lays Wow and Pringles fat-free chips all contain Olestra – which  is shown to cause the depletion of fat-soluble vitamins. Different brands of  fat-free ice cream and mayonnaise at one time also contain the chemical.

Olestra has been banned in several countries,  including the United Kingdom and Canada.

In 2003, the FDA lifted a requirement forcing  companies that use Olestra in their products to include a label warning  consumers that the food their eating could cause ‘cramps and diarrhea,’ despite  the fact that the agency received more than 20,000 reports  of gastrointestinal complaints among olestra eaters.

 

Do you like citrus drinks, like Mt. Dew,  Squirt or Fresca? Then you also like brominated vegetable oil, which is banned  in more than 100 countries because it has been linked to basically every form of  thyroid disease – from cancer to autoimmune diseases – known to man.

In Singapore you can get up to fifteen years in prison and penalized nearly half a million dollars in fines for using an ingredient found in common U.S. bread products 

In Singapore you can get up to fifteen years in prison  and penalized nearly half a million dollars in fines for using an ingredient  found in common U.S. bread products

 

Hungry? 1 1/2 pounds of food (and chemicals used to make bleach and rubber yoga mats) 

Hungry? 1 1/2 pounds of food (and chemicals used to make  bleach and rubber yoga mats)

Other products made from bromine: chemicals  used to keep carpets from catching on fire and for disinfecting swimming  pools.

Other food products made from brominated  vegetable oil include New York brand flatbreads, bagel chips, Baja Burrito wraps  and other bread products.

Of brominated vegetable oil, the FDA says it  is approved ‘for flavoring oils used in fruit-flavored beverages, for which any  applicable standards of identity do not preclude such use, in an amount not to  exceed 15 parts per million in the finished beverage.’

Then there’s things like Hungry Man frozen  dinners, which will fill you up – with azodicarbonamide, a chemical used make  things like bleach and rubber yoga mats.

Most frozen potato and bread products – like  different varieties of McCain brand french fries – contain the chemical, as well  as several store brand bread products.

Azodicarbonamide is known to induce asthma,  and has been banned in Australia, the U.K. and most other European countries. If  you were to use it as a food ingredient in Singapore, you could face up to 15  years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

According to the FDA, Azodicarbonamide is  ‘approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour’ and is ‘permitted for direct  addition to food for human consumption.’

The final chemicals on the list – butylated  hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – are found in everyday  products like Post, Kellogs and Quaker brand cereals, as well as Diamond Nuts,  Chex Mix and gum brands like Wrigley’s, Trident, Bazooka and Bubble  Yum.

Both BHA and BHT are waxy solids made from  petroleum and are known to cause cancer in rats. It’s banned in Japan, England  and several other European countries.

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