Based on a list found in the book, Rich Food, Poor Food, by Dr. Jayson Calton and Certified Nutritionist Mira Calton, there are a few items on our everyday grocery store shelves that Americans could be literally poisoning themselves with. These are ingredients in consumables that we Americans enjoy frequently, but they are foods banned outside the US.
Here are three of some of the most common foods containing ingredients known to cause cancer — among other diseases.
1. Artificial Food Dyes: Found in practically everything we eat; among them — cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and pickles.
Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from petroleum–also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt and tar. Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few. Food items containing these dyes are banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the U.K.
Read more in this Washington Post article.
2. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour). Found in wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.
Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour is used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. This toxic ingredient has been linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage. Potassium bromate is banned in the EU, Canada, and China.
For further reading, The Truth About Potasdium Bromate.
3. Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST. Found in the milk and dairy products.
Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and an array of cancers. Growth hormones are currently banned in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and the EU.
For more info see the article in the American Cancer Society.
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