Healthy? American Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries.

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    Mar 01, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients — are added to foods in the United States.

    While each of these substances are legal to use in the US, whether or not they are safe for long-term consumption — by themselves or in combination — is a different story altogether. Many have been deemed too harmful to use in other countries.

    When you consider that about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes toward processed foods loaded with these additives, it’s no wonder most people are carrying a hefty toxic load that can wreak havoc on their health.

    A list of ingredients that are banned across the globe but still allowed for use in America recently made the news. The list is featured in the new book, Rich Food, Poor Food, authored by nutritionist Mira Calton and her husband Jayson.

    The banned ingredients include various food dyes, the fat substitute Olestra, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate (aka brominanted flour), Azodicarbonamide, BHA, BHT, rBGH, rBST, and arsenic.

    Seeing that the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic ingredients such as these might play a role in our unhealthy conditions.

    Meanwhile, Russia has announced that it plans to extend a ban on U.S. beef, pork and turkey imports coming into effect this month, due to the feed additive ractopamine in the meats. Ractopamine is a growth stimulant banned in several countries, including Russia.

    Processed Foods Depend on Additives
    When foods are processed, not only are valuable nutrients lost and fibers removed, but the textures and natural variation and flavors are also lost. After processing, what’s left behind is a bland, uninteresting “pseudo-food” that most people wouldn’t want to eat.

    So at this point, food manufacturers must add back in the nutrients, flavor, color and texture to processed foods in order to make them palatable, and this is why they become loaded with food additives.

    Most commonly, additives are included to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing, and improve taste, texture and appearance. When reading product packages, here are some of the most common food additives1 to watch out for:

    Preservatives: sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, TBHQ
    Sweeteners and artificial sweeteners: fructose, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K)
    Artificial colors: FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, Citrus Red No. 2
    Artificial flavors
    Flavor enhancers: monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract

    Why is the US the biggest biology lab? and people are literally being used as "lab rats"? Because the corporations can lobby and bend governments in the US.... simple as that. Love to eat pigs? There maybe a pig-gene in a tomatoe in a super market near you, i.e. Safeway - as of now they are not required to be labeled as "Genetically Engineered" (... ironnically, there is very few foods that are really SAFE in Safeway.) My health and FITness gradually improved ever since I went organic. Just that simple... I used to be pear-shaped, no muscles, and sick all the time... The body can really heal itself and be as it meant to be since paleolithic time: defined, muscled, and functional. I haven't caught a flu in 7 years without getting flu shots while my non-organic housemates got multiple flues every year, with flu shots.

    I don't get it. Why even educated people here in the US are still eating processed food? Are they that brain-washed to love processed foods, or fast foods?

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    Mar 01, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    I have stopped eating some fish because of found toxic chemicals build up in them, namely tuna. Now salmon too?
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