Check out this list of 10 American foods that are freely sold in America, but banned in other countries due to health concerns:
1. Farm-raised Salmon
Farmed salmon are raised on an unnatural diet of grains, antibiotics and other drugs, which causes their flesh to turn a gray color. To get rid of the not-so-appetizing color, they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals. That’s a mouthful, but the important part is that it has not been approved for human consumption. Farmed salmon that are fed these chemicals are banned in both Australia and New Zealand.
2. Genetically Engineered Papaya
Most Hawaiian papaya, as tasty as it sounds, is now genetically engineered in order to be resistant to ringspot virus. You’ve probably heard about the hype surrounding genetically engineered American foods. In animals, they cause intestinal damage, organ damage, tumors, birth defects and premature death. The U.S. has not banned this food, but the European Union has.
3. Ractopamine-tainted Meat
Ractopamine is a drug that increases protein synthesis ( it is used to make the animal more muscular ), which produces more meat. It is currently used in about 45% of U.S. pigs, 30% of ration-fed cattle, as well as turkeys. It’s banned in an astounding 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and the Republic of China.
4. Flame Retardant Drinks
Sodas and sports drinks that are citrus-flavored are common in the States, but what most don’t realize is that they contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a synthetic chemical which was originally brought to chemical companies as a flame retardant. Bromine is a depressant to the central nervous system, and it’s banned in Europe and Japan.
5. Artificial Colors and Dyes
There are more than 3,000 preservatives, flavorings and colors added to foods in the United States. Research has shown many of these food additives to produce hazardous health effects including birth defects, cancer and behavioral problems. Norway and Austria have banned the use of these harmful food additives.
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