5 US Foods Banned by the Rest of the World

If you live in the United States, you might not be aware that there are foods allowed in the US that are actually banned in other countries. That's right, not just frowned upon or seen as unhealthy, but banned for their toxicity. It's somewhat concerning that the foods you're about to see in the video from Abby Martin on the Breaking The Set YouTube channel are still allowed to be sold in the US. But it's good to keep them in mind for the next time you go to the corner store or grocery store. Abby lists off 5 of the most toxic ingredients that are now banned in other countries for the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Countries in Europe, as well as countries like Canada and Australia, have actually made it illegal for processed foods to contain some of these ingredients you're about to find out about. One of those ingredients are artificial food dyes which are in many processed foods you'll find at the grocery store. It's in so many different foods including soda and macaroni and cheese in a box. The dyes are made using chemicals that come from petroleum and are proving to be connected to nerve cell damage which is very serious. The UK as well as France and Norway and Finland as banned these dyes to protect their citizens.

To look out for these artificial dyes look in the list of ingredients on a package, and if there are dyes in the product, they will usually be listed. Typically with a name like Number 5 Orange or #4-Red. Then there's another common ingredient called Olestra which is toxic as well and found in fat-free or lower calorie food options like fat-free potato chips and fries. This ingredient was once meant to make people think they were choosing a food that would lead to healthy living by reducing caloric intake, but instead, this chemical has been linked to vitamin depletion which is not good for your overall health and wellbeing. Olestra is banned in the UK and in Canada. Brominated vegetable oil which is found in sport's drinks makes the food dyes stick to liquids, but it's also used as a fire retardant. It's been linked to many illnesses including birth defects and organ failure. It's banned in over 100 countries but you'll want to keep a look out for it if you live in the US and want to support your health and wellbeing.

Some of the most toxic ingredients in foods are very hard to pronounciate which is another clue that they are chemical. Much like Azodicarbonamide which is basically a bleach used in bread and boxed pasta. It's also used to bleach other products like yoga mats, so it's probably not something you want to be consuming if you want to be healthy. Did you know that there's even arsenic put in certain food items? Watch the entire video to find out more about that. Some of the best tips for healthy living include eating enough vegetables and fruit while staying away from chemical laden products that include ingredients like these ones listed above. One tip for healthy living that you can take with you into your everyday life is to shop in the produce and whole foods sections of your grocery store. Also, make sure that if and when you do buy packaged foods that you read the ingredients and the labels before putting it in your cart to take home. While not all packaged foods are bad, there are some seriously bad ingredients that you should be watching out for if you want to stay healthy.***

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