If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year it’s that the FDA does not necessarily protect us. I mean, sure they’ll warn against unpasteurized milk, but neon colored fruit drinks with genetically modified corn syrup and yellow 5? A-Okay! (yeah- come again??). You might think that if it’s for sale, it must be safe. Wrong. Sadly it’s our responsibility as consumers to educate ourselves on what we put into our bodies. Below are twelve ingredients that are banned in most other developed nations but allowed in the U.S. (Original Source: Shape Magazine).
Ingredients: Coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6)
Found In: Cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese
Ingredient: Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO)
Found In: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
Ingredient: Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour)
Found In: Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips
Found In: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods
Ingredients: BHA and BHT
Found In: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer
Ingredients: Synthetic hormones (rBGH and rBST)
Found In: Milk and dairy products
Found In: Poultry
To see the harmful effects of each of these banned ingredients, click here to read the full article in Shape Magazine.