10 Banned Ingredients Every American Should Beware

My purpose in posting this infographic isn’t to scare people out of eating food, but to inform on what ingredients to watch out for when you are at the grocery store. What also caught my eye is one of the ingredients on the list, BVO, is found in Gatorade and Powerade – the most common electrolyte replacement choice that athletes make. Yet another reason to stay away from those sugar-filled, artificially colored drinks!

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One of the general rules I tell my clients is to stick with whole foods as much as possible (and when it comes to meat – organic and free-range). If you follow that rule, you will eliminate most of these toxins.

At a glance, these ingredients are:

  • Farm-raised fish and meat from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).
  • Genetically engineered fruits and vegetables.
  • Bromated Vegetable Oil (BVO) – originally used as a flame retardant and found in many sodas and sports drinks.
  • Artificial food colors and dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2, etc).
  • Potassium Bromate (typically found in bread).
  • Olestra/Olean (found in chips and french fries).
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – preservatives found in some beer, cereal, butter, nuts, meat, and chewing gum.
  • The synthetic version of the natural bovine hormone rBGH that increases milk production in cows.

For more information on these ingredients, their health risks, and where they are banned, read below.

Infographic taken from the Food Revolution Network.

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