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8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries


This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “food poisoning.” Original list found in Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s new book, Rich Food, Poor Food.


1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and TAR! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the United Kingdom.

2. Olestra (or Olean): Lowers calorie counts while causing vitamin depletion and anal leakage.

Found in: Fat-free potato chips, corn chips, and French fries.

Why it’s dangerous: Created by Procter & Gamble as a substitue for cooking oil, Olestra robs your body of its ability to absorb vitamins. Fun side effects include cramps and leaky bowels.

Where it’s banned: The U.K. and Canada.

3. Brominated vegetable oil: Makes food dye stick to liquid, but also may cause birth defects and major organ damage.

Found in: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas.

Why it’s dangerous: Bromine is a chemical used to stop CARPETS FROM CATCHING ON FIRE, so you can see why drinking it may not be the best idea. BVO is linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss.

Where it’s banned: In over 100 countries.

4. Potassium bromate (or bromated flour): Great for impatient bakers, bad for your kidneys and nervous system.

Found in: Wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, bagel chips, flat breads.

Why it’s dangerous: Derived from the same harmful chemical as brominated vegetable oil, brominated flour is used to decrease baking time and reduce costs. Only problem is, it’s linked to kidney damage, cancer, and nervous system damage.

Where it’s banned: Europe, Canada, and China.

5. Azodicarbonamide: Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.

Found in: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to bleach both flour and FOAMED PLASTIC (yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.

Where it’s banned: Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.

6. BHA & BHT: Waxy preservatives linked to cancer and tumors.

Found in: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.

Why it’s dangerous: Used to keep food from becoming rancid, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are known to cause cancer in rats. And we’re next!

Where it’s banned: England, Japan, and many other European countries.

7. Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST: Harm cows and can give humans breast, colon, and prostate cancer.

Found in: Milk and dairy products.

Why it’s dangerous: Growth hormones are bad for cows and people, causing infertility, weakened muscle growth, and a whole array of cancers.

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, and EU.

8. Arsenic: Basically this will slowly kill you.

Found in: Poultry.

Why it’s dangerous:Used as chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is POISON, which will kill you if you ingest enough.

Where it’s banned: The European Union.


New Book – Food Over Medicine


Dr. Popper’s new book – Food Over Medicine – is now available!


Dr. Popper has a new book – FOOD OVER MEDICINE, co-authored with Glen Merzer, the book discusses the dire state of American health. The book also includes 25 new recipes from Chef Del Sroufe, author of the Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook.

The Forks Over Knives Companion book has made the New York Times Bestseller List!!

Don’t wait – both the book and the DVD are available now.

Popper guides medical professionals for prescribing “minimal dietary changes” to sick patients before going on to explain how diet and lifestyle contribute to everything from heart disease to strokes, cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

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Healthy Tidbits


Personal Health Improvement


Research shows that most health issues are a direct result of diet and other lifestyle choices. The progression of these conditions can be stopped and sometimes can even be reversed by adopting a program of dietary excellence and optimal habits.

Every day, more people are opting to make these changes instead of taking pharmaceutical drugs or undergoing surgery, particularly since research continues to show that many traditional approaches to medical care are ineffective or even harmful.


Flax seed oil


Flax seed oil contains essential fatty acids that help balance prostagladins which regulate fat metabolism, hormones, inflammation as well as the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems.

It’s best to use either flax seed or the flax oil tablets (organic of course). Foods that contain flax (omega-3 fatty acids) are fish, salmon, cod, haddock and, if you’re brave, sardines. Flax oil prevents breast cancer and promotes good cell function.


Detox Wonder Foods!


Apple Cider Vinegar: The acids can bind to toxins and help the body the eliminate them. Also good for breaking up mucous. Use raw apple cider vinegar (with the “mother”) if possible.

Blueberries: A true super food high in fiber.

Cherries: Contain healing compounds that increase enzymatic activity, thereby “washing away” harmful bacteria and toxins.

Pomegranates: These will give your immune system a boost which is important during a detox program!

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Food as Medicine Research


Food and Learning


Information has been available for a considerable period of time indicating that a child’s ability to learn is determined, in part, by nutritional status.

One study published in the Journal Nutritional Health
in 1984 (Colgan et al, “Do nutrient supplements and dietary changes affect learning and emotional reactions of children with learning difficulties?” 1984; 3(1/2):69-77) showed significant improvements in learning and IQ with dietary intervention.

16 children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were referred for remedial reading and behavior modification were placed on a diet that called for reduced sugars, refined foods and toxins; as well as a vitamin-mineral supplement.

The daily intake of 16 controls was not changed, but they did take an over-the counter RDA-level vitamin-mineral supplement.

After 22 weeks, IQ scores improved an average of 17.9% in the treated group vs. 8.4% in the controls.

Reading age significantly improved at the end of only 22 weeks!

Most likely the diet consumed in the intervention group was still less than optimal.

There is a great deal that schools can do to encourage healthy eating. According to a research team at The University of Minnesota, making fruits and vegetables readily available, lowering prices, promoting classroom activities, and involving the cafeteria staff all work toward getting kids to eat better.


(French et al, “Environmental interventions to promote vegetable and fruit consumption among youth in school settings,” (Prev Med 2003;37:593-610)


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