Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 American Foods Banned in Europe



corn on the cob in its own jacket in a bowl

Did you know that some of the foods we eat in America are banned in other countries ? It's a shame because many Americans are just not informed about the dangerous chemicals, dyes, hormones, etc. that we and our children are eating in everyday foods like milk, cheese, turkey, bread, etc. . Although these products contain additives and chemicals that are permitted in the United States, many other countries find these products unsafe and ban then from being sold in their country.

bowl of cut up papaya
GMO Papaya is sold in US, and banned in Europe

I have a real bone to pick with this issue. I was a high school teacher for 25 years. During that time, I worked with many students who were labeled ADHD, others who had difficulty focusing, and yet other bright kids who struggled with learning disabilities, allergies, asthma, etc.  I have always believed that diet and the environment  impact on the nervous systems of these sensitive individuals either positively or negatively. Is there such a thing as ADHD or is it exposure to unsafe chemicals that affect fragile nervous systems.

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colored candy in a bowl
Artificial Dyes and Coloring known to be harmful 

 I compare it to alcoholism. Some individuals are just very sensitive and one drink can lead them into addiction. Yet, other people are able to drink and never become addicted. I feel that there are children who are sensitive to chemicals, insecticides, sugar, etc. and these students are highly affected by food that is not in a natural state and other environmental toxins. Unfortunately, the numbers of children affected are growing and many children suffer with headaches, inattention, fogginess, inability to pay attention, impulsiveness, etc.difficulty reading , etc.
grapes in a bowl

The question is why do we in America allow known toxins in our food supply that are banned in other countries because they are considered an unsafe health threat?

 I saw a disturbing article on Twitter this week. I took the time to read it, re-tweet it ,and I still felt like I wanted to blog about it! In an effort to have a greater awareness of healthy and unhealthy foods, I've been doing some research. Below is the partial list of foods that are banned in other countries! I also included the original article. You can read the article to find out the reasons and more in-depth information. The link is at the end of this post.

Trader Joe's parking lot with cars
I find safer foods at Trader Joe's and the prices are reasonable 
soup in two plastic containers

 A partial list of banned foods in other countries:
  • #1: Milk and Dairy Products Laced with rBGH ( most milk and  Cheese in the US contain rBGH - Trader Joe's sells their brand of cheese that is rBGH -free at a reasonable price 
  •  Genetically Engineered Papaya- most of the papaya in the US ( GMO) 
  • citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks that contain flame retardant ( Mountain Dew) 
  • Specific Food dyes and colorings that are known to cause allergens in children and suspected of causing cancer ( In countries where these food colors and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colorants instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto.)
  • Farm-Raised Salmon- is injected with coloring and chemicals to make it colorful and palatable. 

Are you eating cheese that contains the hormone rBGH ?  Do you eat farm raised salmon? Do you eat foods that contain toxic dyes? 


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For more information: Read this article to find out the full ten products and the reasons why they are banned: 10 American Foods banned in other countries

5 comments:

  1. This infuriates me. We don't allow any food that contains dyes, artificial ingredients or GMO's in our house. I refuse to support these big companies that don't care about what they are putting in their products. I'm glad you wrote a post about it. The more people can do to make other's aware, the better :)

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  2. I like Trader Joes too... It can be a challenge to find clean real food. It is frustrating that our government caves to the interests of big business over public health way too often. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday. pinned.

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  3. Hi Judee,
    It is shocking and disappointing to know that our government has authorized the sale of harmful foods that are banned in Europe. Thank you so much for raising awareness of this issue by sharing this at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Blog Hop. We have the power to choose what we buy or don not buy. Knowledge gives us the power to make informed choices.

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  4. Some of these I knew, others I didn't...like flame retardant in drinks. Wow.
    Thank you for the information, Judee.

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