8 Banned Foods You Can Still Find in the U.S.

Last week, Buzzfeed released a list of foods that are banned ináseveral places around the world, but still available in the U.S. Checkáout the list of banned ingredients and see what foods are being used to hide them. Then try some of our tips for avoiding the offending ingredients.

Artificial Food Colorings – Many common snack foods
Companies are required to list Yellow #5 in their ingredient list, butáit’s not the only artificial food color that is banned in otherácountries. Blue #1, Blue #2 and Red #40 may also cause healtháproblems. Today, many companies are removing artificial colors fromátheir products, so a little research should help you find safeáalternatives.

Brominated Vegetable Oil – Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
Brominated vegetable oil is used in drinks to prevent the flavoringáfrom separating and floating to the surface. It is banned in over 100ácountries world-wide because it contains bromine, which can beátoxic. Stick to drinking water and 100 percent fruit and vegetableájuices.

Azodicarbonamide – Breads, frozen dinners, packaged baked goods
Though azodicarbonamide is used to bleach flour, it is also used toábleach foamed plastic. Banned in Australia, the United Kingdom and mostáEuropean countries, azodicarbonamide can induce asthma attacks. It isábest avoided by staying away from pre-packaged meals and baked goods.

Bromated Flour – Many kinds of bread
While bromated flour is great if you need to reduce baking time, itáisn’t so great for your body. The flour, banned in Europe, Canada andáChina, has been linked to kidney damage, cancer and nervous systemádamage. Happily, there are many other kinds of flour to use that are not bromated.

Olestra – Fat-free potato chips
Olestra was created by Proctor and Gamble as a cooking oil substitute.áHowever, the fat substitute removes your body’s ability to absorbávitamins. This has led to its ban in the United Kingdom and Canada. Ifájust have to have a salty, crunchy snack, try making your own chips from kale.

BHT and BHA – Cereal, gum, nut mixes
Intended to keep food from going bad, BHT and BHA have been shown toácause cancer in rats. Japan, the United Kingdom and other Europeanácountries have banned the preservatives, though no studies have provenátheir detrimental effects on humans. If you want to avoid BHT and BHA,áyour best option is purchasing food that is fresh and natural.

rBGH and rBST – Milk and other dairy products
Unless otherwise noted, most nonorganic dairy products will have someáamount of rBGH and/or rBST. Both can impact human and bovine healtháand have been banned in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and theáEuropean Union. If you’re a dairy product consumer, you can find manyáorganic brands that do not contain the growth hormones.

Arsenic – Poultry
Though a known poison, arsenic was used in some chicken feed to makeáthe meat appear fresher. The National Chicken Council says thatáchickens raised for meat are no longer given feed additives containingáarsenic, but that didn’t stop the European Union from putting a ban onáit. If you eat meat, make sure you know where you’re poultry isácoming from and how it is raised.


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Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

So why are we paying WITH OUR TAX money the EPA and the USA.

Robbin McManus
Robbin McManus3 years ago

Thanks for the information!

Rehana V.
Rehana VN3 years ago

Look twice & think thrice before putting anything into your mouth. This will make us more conscious of exactly what & who we consume. Gone are the days of honesty & integrity regarding food suppliers. These greedy rip offs have no conscience about the damages caused. Wouldn't be surprised if they "grounded grandma" to make a fast buck!

Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth O4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Trina Hawkins
Trina Hawkins4 years ago

YIKES ! Now that's some Scary stuff ! To think that all the Food We Eat is TOXIC ,Freaks me out ! I try to Eat healthy as possible,but now I'm sure going to CHECK the ingredients even more ! Thank you for this information !

John van Nijnatten

Thanks for the information.

Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris4 years ago


Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider4 years ago

Gross :(

Valerie A.
Valerie A4 years ago


Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller4 years ago

thank you, we have to be aware and responsible for what we put in our bodies as it become us...