The fact that some of the foods sold and served in America are banned in other countries shouldn’t come as much of a shock. With the amount of artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives in foods sitting on grocery store shelves and in fast food restaurants, the list of toxic foods to stay away from is growing by the day. If you’re working on becoming more aware of what you’re putting into your body, you’ll want to check out this list of 10 foods that are freely sold in America, but banned in other countries due to health concerns:
1. Farm-raised Salmon
Farmed salmon are raised on an unnatural diet of grains, antibiotics and other drugs, which causes their flesh to turn a gray color. To get rid of the not-so-appetizing color, they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals. That’s a mouthful, but the important part is that it has not been approved for human consumption. Farmed salmon that are fed these chemicals are banned in both Australia and New Zealand.
2. Genetically Engineered Papaya
Most Hawaiian papaya — as tasty as it sounds — is now genetically engineered in order to be resistant to ringspot virus. You’ve probably heard about the hype surrounding genetically engineered foods. In animals, they cause intestinal damage, organ damage, tumors, birth defects and premature death. The U.S. has not banned this food, but the European Union has.
3. Ractopamine-tainted Meat
Ractopamine is a drug that increases protein synthesis (it is used to make the animal more muscular), which produces more meat. It is currently used in about 45% of U.S. pigs, 30% of ration-fed cattle, as well as turkeys. It’s banned in an astounding 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and the Republic of China.