5 Foods BANNED in Other Countries

Here are five surprising foods from the U.S. that are banned in other countries. And some of these shocked me!

But if you are a conscientious eater and intentional about what you eat, you need to know what’s on this list.


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1. Meat with Ractopamine

The first food that’s banned in other countries and legal in the US is meat with ractopamine.

It’s in various meats, including 60 percent of American pigs. 160 countries, including the European Union, Russia, and China, ban the use of this drug in meat production.

Solution? If you’re lucky enough, like I am, to live in an area where there are local ranchers who raise grass-fed, grass-finished beef and naturally-raised pork, buy that.

Otherwise, buy the finer cuts from your local grocery store. It will be more expensive, but it would probably be better to eat less meat of higher quality than to eat the cheap stuff.

Foods BANNED in Other Countries Quote 1: Avoid factory-farmed meats; buy organic or from a local farm, if possible.

2. Dairy with rBST or rBGH Hormones

Number two is dairy with rBST or rBGH hormones. Milk in the United States, unless marked otherwise, is treated with either rBST or rBGH, which are artificial hormones that stimulate milk production.

The FDA asserts that the milk cows produce, whether treated with the hormone or not, shows no difference. But Canada and all the countries in the European Union disagree, and they have banned it.

Now, there is a lot of debate about milk anyway. Milk can cause inflammation and congestion, and it’s high in fat, so cutting back is not a bad idea anyway. If you are going to drink milk, consider organic or from a local farm.

Foods BANNED in Other Countries Quote 2: Cut down on milk intake. Use organic or local farm milk.

3. Mountain Dew

Next, this one blew me away: Mountain Dew. Mountain Dew uses brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, as an emulsifier. I just thought soda was full of flavor, color, and sugar. But no, there’s also an emulsifier in Mountain Dew, which contains bromine, the element found in brominated… flame retardants, which can build up in the body and potentially lead to memory loss as well as skin and nerve problems.

Will the occasional Mountain Dew kill you? No, however, if you are one of those people who fills their monster cup with it every morning at the 7 Eleven, I would strongly recommend re-considering that habit.

Foods BANNED in Other Countries Quote 3

4. Chlorinated Chicken

Next on the list is chlorinated chicken. This is a highly debated one. The FDA is absolutely convinced that chlorinating chicken is not a big deal. Other countries, however, totally disagree, including England and the European Union.

Now, why would someone chlorinate a chicken? After slaughter, most US chicken is dipped in a chlorine bath to kill a lot of the bacteria—Sarcoma, Salmonella, etc.—you know, stuff that can make people sick.

Sounds great, right? However, there is a lot of conflicting research out there. Some find that it’s perfectly healthy, while other research says the residual chlorine stays in the meat and can even be carcinogenic.

Also, the UK and the European Union argue that it promotes unsanitary farming practices.

Solution? Buy organic. The Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, the NOP, requires that a certified organic chicken not be washed in chlorine.

Foods BANNED in Other Countries Quote 4: Avoid factory chicken. Opt for organic or local.

5. High-Fructose Corn Syrup

And the last one—this one may not surprise you—is high-fructose corn syrup. Now, to be perfectly accurate here, it’s not actually a type of food banned in other countries, but it’s recognized as a health risk, and production is limited.

They put quota limitations on the food producers based on how much high-fructose corn syrup they can produce.

It’s been linked to a variety of ailments, including obesity and type-2 diabetes. It’s found in many foods, including beverages and cereals.

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What’s the Solution Here?

First, drink lots of water and little else. Most people are dehydrated and get empty calories from what they drink. So replacing factory-made drinks with water is a powerful health habit.

Second, JERF. Just eat real food.

Eat whole food, as much organic food as you can afford, and go easy on sweeteners, sauces, and flavorings.

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