There are many things that are different across the Atlantic than in America that has many people scratching their heads. For example, when one travels abroad they are met with a myriad of new food options that sometimes can throw us for a loop, right? You are met with new tastes and smells of new cuisines from far off places but there are some foods you won’t’ see there at all.
In fact, many American foods that you may find on the menu here are not allowed in other countries which makes you wonder why are they allowed here?
“Food is a necessity, and in the United States, we like it quick and easy. This often translates into processed foods that are loaded with stuff that is bad for you. Shockingly, there are some processed foods that are so toxic, they are banned — but not in America. Are your favorites on the list?
European nations, China, and other countries have stayed away from using some of the heavily processed foods and chemicals that have been proven to cause health problems, but we’re not doing that in America. Apparently, we like our toxic foods because they’re convenient and tasty. In fact, you have most likely consumed one or more of the items from this list in the past day, even though they have all been banned in other countries.
Hormone-infused Beef & Milk: Much of our American cattle, used for both beef and milk, are fed synthetic hormones, such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), to get as much product out of the cow as possible. The National Cancer Association has since seen cases of hormonal cancer rise, leaving many to believe the hormones found in American beef and milk lead to cancer. It has been banned in the EU, Japan, Australia, and China. In fact, in 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse rBGH milk, resulting in an international ban, prohibiting U.S. milk in at least 30 other nations.
Pink Slime: No, it’s not just a social media hoax. It’s a “meat by-product.” Specifically, it’s the meat that’s salvaged from the fat trimmings. “The trimmings are first simmered at a low temperature to separate muscle and fat, then spun in a centrifuge to complete the separation. Next, the salvaged meat is squeezed through a pipe and sprayed with ammonia to kill bacteria, after which it is dyed pink, packaged into bricks, frozen and shipped to meat packing plants,” Live Science explains. It’s then used as an additive to bulk up cheap meat, such as hot dogs and burgers. Since it is exposed to ammonia, it is banned in Canada.
Arsenic-laced Chicken: Arsenic, one of the most well-known poisons, has “routinely been fed to poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and makes flesh an appetizing shade of pink,” The New York Times reported. Since arsenic-laced chicken manure is commonly used to feed cows, it’s spread to their meat as well. Eating animal meats induced with arsenic leads to devastating health outcomes, Natural Health 365 reports. It is associated with chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, and it’s banned in the EU.