It turns out that a lot of banned foods end up in our grocery cart, and contain hidden toxic chemicals that increase your risks of disease, hormone disruption, and obesity.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news but… every day, Americans eat tons of dangerous banned ingredients, and chances are you’re one of them. Below is a list of the top 5 most toxic ingredients that probably make it on your dinner plate:
1) Ractopamine (in pork)
- Banned in the European Union, China, and Taiwan.
- Consumer Reports found this dangerous drug in 20% of all pork products in America.
2) rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone – in milk)
- Banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and all European Union countries.
- rBGH, a hormone used to increase cows’ milk product, is still used in all 50 states.
- The use of rBGH increases the levels of insulin like growth factor – 1 (IGF-1) hormone in the milk by at least 6 folds, increasing risks of various cancers.
3) GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms (in almost everything)
- Over 50 countries require labeling of GMO foods, and many of them banned GMOs altogether.
- In the US, GMO foods are NOT labeled – even if 91% of the population feels like they should be.
- Because 90% of all soy, corn, canola and sugar (sugar beet) in the US is now GMO, Americans eat their weight in GMO foods each year.
- The first-ever lifetime feeding study on the potential health risks of GMOs was published in September 2012. The results of feeding rats GMO corn for two years were frightening: some rats developed massive tumors that represent 25% of their body weight, liver damage was up to 5 times higher in the GMO group than in the non-GMO group, and female rats that ate GMOs had a 3X higher risk of premature death.
4) Potassium Bromate (in bread – brominated flour)
- Banned from dozens of countries.
- Called a cancer threat by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) since 1999
- Used in bread as a dough conditioner and preservative.
- When it combines with gluten it becomes even more toxic.
5) Chloramphenicol (in honey)
- This is an antibiotic used on honey bees
- It has been banned in the US for years, but can still be found in cheap supermarket honey (along with heavy metals) that comes from China.
- A recent study found that 75% or more of all the honey in the U.S. may be Chinese honey sold as American honey.