Yahoo News recently carried an article about the list of ingredients that are banned across the globe but still allowed for use the USA. The people at 100daysofrealfood.com took a deeper look at the topic of banned foodstuffs in the context of failing American health rate.
- More than two thirds of United States citizens are overweight - 33% being obese.
- 32% of children are either obese or overweight.
- 43% of Americans are projected to be obese in 10 years.
- Obesity is America's biggest cause of premature death and is linked to 70% of heart disease and 80% of diabetes cases.
- And 41% of Americans are projected to get cancer in their lifetime!
"The food industry does not want us to pay attention to the ingredients nor do they care about the negative effects from eating them. They certainly don't care about the astronomical medical bills that are a direct result of us eating the inferior food they are creating."and urged Americans to "challenge the U.S. food industry to discontinue the use of banned ingredients that are not allowed elsewhere in the world.
Comparing common food items from the UK to food in the US, Hari found that banned ingredients in the UK were being regularly used in the US.
American brands like McDonald's, Pringles (owned by Kellogg's), Pizza Hut and Quaker (owned by Pepsi), Betty Crocker (owned by General Mills), Starburst (owned by M&M/Mars), and Ritz Crackers (owned by Kraft) are, for some reason, using many toxic food additives in their US products that they do not use In the UK (and other European countries).
Compare the ingredients in the following graphics:
Sodium benzoate, associated with hyperactivity in children
trans fats (heart disease)
high-fructose corn syrup (diabetes)
artificial colorings (Red#40) (associated with hyperactivity in children)
"anti-foaming agents" (in US McDonald's French Fries) like dimethylpolysiloxane, which is a type of silicone used in caulks and sealants and as a filler for breast implants and also the key ingredient in silly putty
Azodicarbonamide in Pizza Hut garlic bread which is banned as a food additive in Europe and Australia. If you get caught using it in Singapore you can get up to 15 years in prison and be fined $450,000.
There's also trans fat in Ritz crackers and Pringles in the US but not in the UK, and US citizens are treated to twice as much the brain toxin, MSG.
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) or BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is a very common preservative used rampantly throughout packaged food in the U.S. Test studies published by the IPCS (International Program for Chemical Safety) show that BHT is associated with "tissue inflammation, enlargement, and/or growths in 100%, and cancer in 35% of [animal] subjects" as reported in this article. For some reason, Kellogg's puts it in their Rice Krispie packaging in the US but not in the UK.
Anywhere you see the word "modified" in the ingredients, that means "Genetically Modified". In the U.K. food companies are required by law to list if a certain ingredient is derived from a genetically modified or genetically engineered material on the label. In the US, Monsanto has made sure that no such labeling is required.
To understand the dire health risk posed by GMOs, watch the documentary "Genetic Roulette".