Many Americans consider their health and healthcare to be among the best in the world, but the sad truth is that Americans are perhaps the biggest consumers of processed and artificial foods and ingredients. There are many products in our grocery stores that contain additives or ingredients that are banned in other countries.
Here are 3 examples:
1. Milk and Dairy Products with rBGH
rBGH, or recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a synthetic version of BST – natural bovine somatotropin, which is a hormone that cows produce. This artificially produced hormone is engineered from E. coli bacteria and injected into cows for the purpose of increasing milk production.
However, rBGH is banned in over 30 other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, because of its health concerns, such as increased risk for colon, prostate and breast cancers.
To avoid rBGH, look for labels that say “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH”.
2. Drinks With Flame Retardent
If you have ever had any citrus flavored sodas or energy drinks such as Mountain Dew, you’re also getting a healthy dose of a substance called BVO, or brominated vegetable oil. BVO was originally used by chemical companies as a flame Retardent.
Banned in Japan and Europe, BVO can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and in large doses can cause reproductive and behavioral issues. It can also lead to an iodine deficiency, creating further problems such as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue or even cardiac arrhythmias.
3. Arsenic in chicken
Drugs containing arsenic are approved for use in animal feed in the US. These drugs are used to make animals grow quicker and make their meat appear pinker which leads people to think they are fresher.
These arsenic laced drugs are banned in Europe. While the US FDA’s stance is that these products are safe because the arsenic in it is organic (making it less toxic than the inorganic form, a known carcinogen), studies show that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic. Supermarket chicken have been found to have elevated levels of inorganic arsenic.
These are just three of many substances found in foods that are eaten daily by millions of Americans. Is it time for the US to wake up and stop allowing potentially dangerous chemicals into our food supply?