12 Deadliest Foods Poisoning Americans, but Banned in Other Countries
As we walk around the aisles of grocery stores, we are not even aware of the dangers lurking on the shelves. And due to our hectic lives and lack of time we are not bothered to read the labels of the products we buy. We don’t check the ingredients and we expect everything in the stores to be healthy and safe because that seems reasonable.
But this is far from the truth. FDA is here to calm us down and keep bacteria out of the picture.
That is what we hear and know. However, there are so many things that are never addressed. Meanwhile, the health standards in America are deteriorating more and more and we can’t help wondering if the food has something to do with it.
Here are 12 foods that have been banned in other countries, but are still allowed in America.
1. Drinks with Brominated Vegetable Oil
You probably know these drinks very well. Most of the citrus-flavored sodas and energy drinks, such as Mountain Dew and Gatorade contain brominated vegetable oil which is a chemical substance used as a flame retardant. Flame retardants are basically added to plastic and textile products to prevent fires from spreading. It is not a pleasant piece of information knowing we have been drinking such a substance.
BVO is used in drinks as an emulsifier as it makes the food dye and flavoring stick to the liquid, but it is considered poisonous and dangerous for people.
It accumulates in breast milk and human tissue, and causes reproductive problems. It also competes with iodine for the receptors in our body and this leads to iodine deficiency, which causes many health problems. And that’s not all. Apart from all this, BVO also causes birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, hearing loss, and organ damage. Even though the FDA pronounced BVO as safe, and defined it as an interim food additive, there have been cases of mentioned health issues in people who consumed these drinks in larger doses.
Because of this, there has been a petition asking PepsiCo to stop using BVO in its energy drink, Gatorade. In 2013, PepsiCo agreed to do this, and in 2014 they decided to exclude the use of BVO in all of their drinks. BVO is banned in more than 100 countries including the majority of Europe and Japan.