As we’re aware, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been known to (more often than we’d like) approve foods and drugs that are not necessarily good for us. But you’d think that with other countries taking action to shut some of these harmful products out of citizens’ lives, the FDA would follow suit.
Well, turns out we aren’t quite as lucky.
There are a number of products still on US shelves today that have already been banned across the world for a number of health & safety reasons.
There 4 in particular, are ones that you should watch out for…
1. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
These vegetable oils have been associated with issues related to memory loss, as well as skin and nerve damage. It can be found in a number of brand-name beverages, such as:
Powerade Strawberry Lemonade
Drinks containing BVO have already been banned in Japan and parts of Europe. It’s important to note that BVO was originally patented as a flame retardant.
Hooray, my soda won’t catch fire! (said no one ever)
The FDA actually has pending research on the health hazards of BVO in foods, and despite this – it can still be found on your grocery store shelves today.
2. Dairy & Milk Products
This issue pertains less to the organic milk from free range cows as it does to the more common alternatives. What are these alternatives? Well, a number of farmers have taken on the bad habit of injecting cows with the synthetic recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
This hormonal alteration has been associated with a number of health risks in humans. Among them are:
Increased risk of breast cancer
Increased risk of prostate cancer
Increased risk of colon cancer
Potential to develop harmful bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics
More than 30 countries have banned dairy & milk products because of this hormone, but the FDA has yet to follow suit.
Want a healthier option? Make your own milk at home with these recipes – Almond Milk and Brazil Nut Milk!
3. Olestra (Olean)
In case you haven’t heard of this fat substitute, olestra is often found as an ingredient in a number of fat-free products. It is marketed as a healthy ingredient because it doesn’t contain any calories, so many unfortunate souls are fooled into thinking that it is actually good for them.
The ingredient itself is very hard to digest, so people ingesting it may deal with gastrointestinal disturbances. It can lead to an altered regularity of bowel movements, anal leakage, and diarrhea. On top of all that, it can lead to deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E, & K.
Watch out for these products:
Fat-free Pringles (BBQ, Sour Cream N’ Onion)
Doritos Light products
Keep these products out of your house, because the effects of olestra on the human body are simply unnatural. It’s the last thing you need in your system.
In the US, meats are not commonly tested for this drug. It is commonly injected into farm animals to reduce fat content, but what does it do to humans?
Damaged cardiovascular health
Increased hyperactivity & behavioral disturbances
As if this isn’t bad enough, the past 15 years have presented over 1,500 cases of people being poisoned by pigs tainted with ractopamine. Over 160 countries have already banned the drug, but the US has yet to follow suit.
Switching to grass-fed alternatives (such as grass-fed beef and butter) can help you steer clear of the ractopamine-tainted meats. Don’t let the food industry fill you up with toxic ingredients, because you have the power to find better, healthier options.