Shape magazine recently posted an interesting article about unhealthy ingredients that are used in the foods sold in the United States.  Here at, we make it our goal to keep our readers informed about things that may harm them and how they can seek proper care.  Therefore, I like to stay up to date with such important issues.

Research Findings After Visiting 7 Continents in 6 Years

The ingredients mentioned in the article are based on the research of Nutritionist Mira Calton and her husband Jayson Calton, Ph.D. following a six-year expedition to a hundred countries on seven continents.  According to the article, during the expedition, “they studied more than 150 ingredients and put together a comprehensive list of the top 13 problematic products that are forbidden by governments, outside the U.S., due to their detrimental effects on human health.”

Luckily, they shared a list of these banned ingredients that are still legal in the United States.  Below are a few of the banned ingredients.  Do any of you use the following ingredients?

Ingredients Banned in Other Countries:

  1. 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
  2. Olestra (aka Olean). Found In Fat-free potato chips
  3. Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO). Found In Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
  4. Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour). Found In Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips
  5. Azodicarbonamide. Found In Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods
  6. BHA and BHT. Found In Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer
  7. Synthetic hormones (rBGH and rBST). Found In Milk and dairy products
  8. Arsenic. Found In Poultry

According to Calton, "If you see any of the following ingredients listed on the nutrition label, don't buy the product."

Why do you think the FDA has allowed foods in the United States that are banned in our countries?