11 Banned Food Ingredients Still Allowed in the U.S.

There are food ingredients that have been banned in many countries that are still being used and sold in supermarkets and stores in the U.S.

  1. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
    Found in chips, sausages and cereals, acts as preservatives, keeping foods from becoming rancid. Have been shown to raise cancer risks in animal test

  2. Azodicarbonamide
    Used to enhance texture of soft white breads, including hamburger buns at McDonald’s and Burger King. Can cause allergic reactions and asthma in some people.

  3. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and Recombinant Bovine Somatropin
    Used to increase milk production in cows.

  4. Potassium Bromate
    Added to bread to strengthens dough, reducing its baking time. Associated with increased risk of cancer in the thyroids, kidneys and other body parts of rats and mice.

  5. Olestra
    Used in fat-free foods, including chips, crackers and fries in the U.S. Besides gas, cramps and anal leakage, it has been found to reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.

  6. Genetically Modified (GM) Canola Oil
    Approximately 90% of canola plants in the U.S. are genetically modified varieties (GMO) that can resist two types of herbicides, glufosinate and glyphosate. It is suspected that residues find their way into the finished product.

  7. Genetically Modified (GM) Corn
    Approximately 90% of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM).

  8. Genetically Modified (GM) Soybeans
    More than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. found in soy products such as edamame or tofu, soybeans and soy derivatives, an in countless foods, including energy bars, butter substitutes, breads, crackers, deli meats, meat substitutes, vegetable oils and salad dressings. Has been associated with allergies, sterility, birth defects.

  9. Blue Dye No. 1
    Found in U.S. ice cream, cereals, canned processed peas, packet soups, bottled food coloring, icings, and in the liquor blue curacao. Associated with allergies, hyperactivity, learning problems, aggressiveness and irritability in children.

  10. Yellow Dye No. 5
    Using in cheese-flavored crackers and chips, colorful cereals, butterscotch pudding, yellow sports drinks macaroni and cheese mixes. Also called tartrazine and associated with genotoxicity and potential negative effects on kidneys and liver.

  11. Yellow No. 6
    Found in Fruity Cheerios, Trix, some Eggo waffle products, and some Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners, as well as, in many American cheeses, cheese-flavored pasta mixes, candy, cereals and carbonated drinks. Also called Sunset Yellow, Yellow No. 6, is the third most widely used food coloring in the U.S. Has been linked with tumors in the adrenal glands and kidneys of animals.

See original article in Livestrong.com on 11 Jun 18