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Recently AOL news reported on an article that Kitchen Daily wrote. I felt the information was interesting and I want to pass it on to you so you can decide for yourself if you should continue buying these products.
Nutritionist Mira Calton and her husband, Jayson, visited 100 countries on seven continents during a six year expedition. The Calton’s studied over a 150 ingredients and put a comprehensive list together of the top 13 problematic products that are banned by other governments, but allowed in the US. Together, the Calton’s have written a book called Rich Food, Poor Food.
Click here to get their book:
Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System (GPS)
By: Mira Calton, Jayson Calton, William Davis and Mark Sisson
I have listed some of the products that the Calton’s described as being very harmful:
1. Food colorings or food dyes such as Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.
Found in cake, candy, sport drinks, pet food, macaroni and cheese, medicines, soda, and cheese.
Health hazards: Today most artiﬁcial food coloring are made from coal tar where they used to be made from saffron, turmeric, and other natural sources. Coal tar is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial ﬂoors. It also is in head lice shampoos to kill off the head lice.
2. Olestra (aka Olean).
Found in fat-free potato chips.
Health hazards: this ingredient appears to cause a dramatic depletion in our body of the fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Canada and the UK have banned this ingredient.
3. Brominated Vegetable Oil (aka BVO).
Found in citrus ﬂavored sodas and sports drinks.
Health hazards: This ingredient competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body. Elevated levels may lead to thyroid diseases such as hypothyroidism, cancer, and auto-immune diseases. BVO’s main ingredient is a poisonous chemical that is a toxin and a corrosive agent. This substance has been linked to organ damage, growth problems in children, birth defects, schizophrenia and hearing loss. Its been banned in over 100 countries but not in the U.S.
4. Potassium Bromate (aka Brominated ﬂour).
Found in ﬂatbread, bread crumbs, bagel chips, rolls, and wraps.
Health hazards: This ingredient is made with BVO (bromine) and has been associated with kidney, gastrointestinal, and nervous system disorders. Calton states that although the FDA has not banned this ingredient, they do urge bakers to voluntarily leave it out.
Found in packaged baked goods, boxed pasta mixes, breads, and frozen dinners.
Health hazards: This chemical is linked to asthma. Its is primarily used in foamed plastics like sneaker soles and yoga mats. It is banned in Sinapore and you can get up to 15 years in prison and be charged nearly half a million dollars in ﬁnes if caught using this product.
6. BHA and BHT.
Found in nut mixes, butter, gum, cereal, meat, beer, and dehydrated potatoes.
Health hazard: BHA may be a human carcinogen, a cancer causing agent. It is made from petroleum and is a waxy solid. Its used for preservatives to prevent foods from becoming rancid and having an odor.
7. RBGH and RBST ( synthetic hormones).
Found in milk and dairy products as genetically-engineered cow growth hormones.
Health hazards: cows can pass these synthetic hormones to humans. IGF- (insulin growth factor-1) is added to milk which has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
Found in poultry. The FDA permits arsenic to be put in chicken feed to promote growth, improve efﬁciency in feeding the birds, and boost the pigmentation to appear healthier.
Health hazards: It is a human carcinogen! The European Union has outlawed the use of arsenic since 1999.
What do you think?