Foods in the US that are banned in other countries


1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and can inhibit nerve-cell development.


Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even macaroni and cheese.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from petroleum, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity in children, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the U.K.


2. Olestra (or Olean): Lowers calorie counts while causing vitamin depletion and anal leakage.


Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips, and French fries.

Why it’s dangerous: Created by Procter & Gamble as a substitute for cooking oil, Olestra robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins. Fun side effects include cramps and leaky bowels.

Where it’s banned: The U.K. and Canada.


3. Brominated vegetable oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects and major organ damage.


Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.

Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop carpets from catching on fire, so you can see why drinking it may not be the best idea. BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.

Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries.


4. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system.


Found in: Wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.

Why it’s dangerous: Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour is used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. Only problem is, it’s linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.

Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada, and China.


5. Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.


Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour and foamed plastic (yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.

Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.


6. BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.


Found in: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are known to cause cancer in rats. And we’re next!

Where it’s banned: The U.K., Japan, and many other European countries.


7. Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST: Harmful to cows and linked to increasing tumor development in humans.


Found in: Milk and dairy products.

Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, potentially causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the EU.


8. Arsenic: Basically this will slowly kill you.


Found in: Poultry.

Why it’s dangerous: Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is poison, which will kill you if you ingest enough.

Where it’s banned: The EU.

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Rambo John J site profile image  

9/17/13 6:55 PM by Rambo John J

those chips actually make humans asses leak runny poop. sounds like a great product.

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9/17/13 6:48 PM by shootfightermike


chaplinshouse site profile image  

9/17/13 6:41 PM by chaplinshouse

given all this why is the mortality rate about the same? the diabetes rate may be different but are americans really dying off quicker than the uk or elsewhere?   

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9/17/13 5:55 PM by MEOWticket


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Larry Appleton site profile image  

9/17/13 5:49 PM by Larry Appleton

full list

r1ch site profile image  

9/17/13 5:33 PM by r1ch

Love fruit loops, wish they weren't banned here in the uk.

sparkuri site profile image  

9/17/13 5:20 PM by sparkuri

^^^Some gal from Infowars went into Whole Foods looking for gum w/o aspartame in it.Everything on display had aspartame.

sicko site profile image  

9/17/13 5:07 PM by sicko

Nice list, but it seems to be in alphabetical order and stops at C, is that the list, or do they have more on their list of unacceptable ingredients

CDarwin site profile image  

9/17/13 3:17 PM by CDarwin

I wouldn't eat most of that stuff anyway, but to be honest I thnk you could make a similar list of things that are allowed here in Europe that are banned in the US. (Or allowed in China that are illegal in the US!) It doesn't mean it is safe, but it's often a guessing game. (Everything causes cancer in rats, btw if you go about it the right way.)