American foods  banned around the world

Many dairy products

Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST are approved for use in cows by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) despite the fact that they’re bad for both cows and people,

Colorful foods

Food dyes like Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, and Red 40, often used in children’s food, are made from chemicals derived from petroleum and have been linked to cancer,

Soft drinks 

The chemical that makes food dye stick to liquid, which is also used in flame retardant, is an additive in American soda, despite its link to birth defects and major organ damage.

Yoga mat chemical

Known as the yoga mat chemical, this bleaching agent and dough conditioner (that the FDA considers safe for food) makes bread dough light and strong, just as it does in yoga mats.

Poultry, water, and rice

Yes, it’s the poison you’re thinking of one of the World Health Organization's top 10 chemicals of public health concern, found at alarming rates in US drinking water and feed 


This chain is everywhere in the US, and with nearly 37,000 restaurants worldwide, it might surprise you that several countries—Bermuda, Iran, Macedonia, Yemen, Montenegro, North Korea.

shiny, waxy apples

That glossy, fresh look of grocery store apples unfortunately comes from DPA, a mixture of chemicals that keep the fruit looking fresh, and a compound derivative of aniline 

"Low fat" products

If calorie-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free chips, fries, and treats sound too good to be true, that’s The Procter & Gamble creation, dubbed one of Time's 50


While this dough strengthener and riser is great for impatient bakers, it’s also linked to cancer, kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer.

Preserved foods 

Butylated hydroxyanisole  and butylated hydroxytoluene  are the preservatives that keep food from going rancid, and can be found in everything from cereal, nut mixes, and gum to meat.

Farm-raised salmon

Farmed fish are fed an unnatural diet of grains and often pumped with antibiotics to make them bigger, which turn them grey, and then they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin  to  pink