We know that processed foods are bad for us for a multitude of reasons. But to add insult to injury, were you aware that many of the ingredients found in processed foods sold in the United States are banned in other countries? This is particularly true compared to Europe. The sad truth is that the same products sold in other nations are made with not only fewer ingredients, but again, less toxic ones.
It’s also true that there are over 3,000 food additives (preservatives, flavorings, food coloring, etc.), that are added to our food in the United States, including foods for infants and young children. Some of the most popular food dyes used in this country are red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, and blue 2 – all of which have been shown to cause behavioral problems, cancer, birth defects, and other health problems in lab animals. Yet in the countries that have banned these same food dyes, some food companies are now using natural colorants such as beet root, paprika extract, and annatto in their products.
Examples of foods sold in the United States that contain harmful ingredients rejected by other countries include:
- Farm-raised salmon
- Hawaiian (GMO) papaya
- Artificial food dyes
- Arsenic-laced chicken
- Ractopamine-tainted meat
- Bromated breads and drinks
- Carcinogenic preservatives
- Hormone-laced milk
Of course, we recommend avoiding completely or at the very least limiting the consumption of processed foods. This is just another reminder to take matters into our own hands. It’s time to protect ourselves and reject these poisonous processed foods and start replacing them with whole, raw, and organic (whenever possible) ones. Choose organic, grass-fed red meats and poultry, organic produce, organic and pastured eggs, and wild-caught fish. Gradually implementing these changes in our diet will make a big difference in our overall health and the health of our children.