80% of Ingredients in Pre-packaged Food Banned in Europe, but OK for US???!!

So sorry I have been “radio silent” for a while now. My only excuse is life got very busy this month keeping me from doing the thing I want to do most… like write about the endless supply of DoYourHW.org worthy topics.

Things are now stabilizing in my life. End of the school year crazies are over and another great, but massive distraction in my life is under control. So hopefully, I should have a few new posts for you shortly. In the meantime, I thought you could all benefit from some interesting and unfortunately, stomach curdling posts by other like minded bloggers. Also, check my twitter feed regularly because I am tweeting practically everyday. My writing has slowed down, but not my reading!!!!


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If you or your kids enjoy pre-packaged convenience foods commonly found in grocery stores across the U.S. such as Froot Loops, Swanson dinners, Mountain Dew, and frozen potato and bread products, you may think twice before purchasing them after hearing what they contain: dangerous chemicals that other countries around the globe have deemed toxic to the point that they’re illegal, and companies are fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for including them in food products.

In a new book Rich Food, Poor Food, authors Mira and Jason Calton provide a list of what they term “Banned Bad Boys” – ingredients commonly used in up to 80% of all American convenience foodthat have been banned by other countries, with information about which countries banned each substance and why.

And though it might not surprise you to hear that Olestra – commonly used in low/no-fat snack foods and known to cause serious gastrointestinal issues for those who consume it (understatement) – is on that list, having been banned in both the United Kingdom and Canada, you may be shocked to hear that Mountain Dew, Fresca and Squirt all contain brominated vegetable oil, a substance that has been banned in more than 100 countries “because it has been linked to basically every form of thyroid disease – from cancer to autoimmune diseases – known to man.”

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