Chemicals, 11 Hidden Dangers in American Foods

By Ken Artuz

By Ken Artuz

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Chemicals and Additives in American Food, Banned in Other Nations

Chemicals, food additives, and sweeteners may pose a severe health risk, with certain ones linked to cancer, allergies, and neurological disorders. It is crucial to research any food additives and chemicals that you may be consuming, as some can be hazardous to your health. From flavor enhancers to preservatives, these ingredients remain hidden in food labels, making it hard for consumers to understand what they are eating. By checking the labels and researching, you can ensure that you consume safe and healthy foods.

Many foods contain chemicals and additives that can harm our health if consumed in large quantities. For example, many processed meats contain nitrates, preservatives that can increase the risk of certain types of cancer if consumed in excess. Similarly, some artificial sweeteners contribute to obesity and other health issues.

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Chemicals, 11 Notorious Additives Found In U.S. Foods!

ChemicalUsed inCountries BannedSide EffectsBrands
Pink slimeMeat productsCanada, European UnionUse of ammoniaTyson
Olestra / OleanChips, crackersCanada, European Uniongastrointestinal distressLays, Pringles
RBST / Artificial Growth Hormone Dairy, yogurt, ice creamCanada, European Union, Australia,
New Zealand, Japan
CancerGeneral Mills,
Land O Lakes
Azodicarbonamide (ADA)Cereal, breadEuropean UnionAsthma, potential cancer in high dosesArnold bread, Jimmy Dean,
Pillsbury
Yellow 5 and 6Ice cream, instant pudding, soft drinks, chipsNorway, Finland, Austria, European Union (warning label)May harm activity and attention in childrenPeeps,
Jell-O, Hostess
Red 40Candy, sports drinks, popsiclesDenmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Finland Triggers allergies. Worsens behavior in children with ADHDSwedish Fish,
Kool-Aid
Brilliant Blue FCF (Blue 1)Cotton candy, canned peas, sports drinks, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, SpainAllergic reactionsJolly Rancher, M&Ms
RactopaminePork, cattle, poultryBanned in 160 countries Cardiovascular system in humans Plainville Farms, Jennie-O
Brominated Vegetable Oil Citrus-flavored soft drinksEuropean Union, Japan, IndiaSkin and mucous membrane irritation, headaches, memory loss, impaired coordinationMountain Dew
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)food packaging, medicine, animal feedUK, European Union, Japan, Australia, Canada, New Zealandhuman carcinogen, according to the National Toxicology ProgramKellogs, Nestle, Nabisco
Potassium BromateDough, bread, crackers, pizza, pastries, chipsUK, Canada, Brazil, European Union, Argentina, China, India, South Korea,
Sri Lanka, Peru, Nigeria,
Human carcinogen, according to The National Agency on Research for CancerHormel, Weis, Goya

In conclusion

As a savvy consumer, you should always be mindful when purchasing food and aware of food chemicals and additives. By doing so, you’ll maintain health and well-being while avoiding the potentially unpleasant taste of chemically-processed food. Additionally, always look for natural alternatives that provide excellent nutrition without the added chemicals.

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