Those of us who live in the United States generally feel protected by the control that the government and some private non-profit organizations maintain over foods or ingredients that are considered acceptable or permitted. For example, many of us trust that it is approved or not by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a guarantee that we will not endanger our health or our lives by consuming a certain product.
However, either because the investigation processes are usually prolonged and their results questionable, or because in many cases the economic interests of industries or entities supported by powerful lobbyists so provide, in too many cases they are approved or not prohibited in our country. foods or practices that are illegal elsewhere. So while the FDA or any other authority can serve as a guide, there is nothing like keeping you well informed from all possible sources, and there is no one like yourself to be the "nutritional police" of what you and your family take it to your mouth.
These are just some examples of ingredients and foods prohibited in other countries that enjoy full freedom in the United States, but to which you must close the doors of your kitchen:
• Artificial dyes: In not too distant times, food was colored with natural ingredients such as bijol, paprika or certain fruits. Now it is not strange that industrial products contain some red, yellow or blue followed by their corresponding identification number.
• Genetically modified food: In reality, the possible effects on humans of this controversial practice are not yet known … but it is obvious that suspicion and doubt are more intense on the other side of the Atlantic.
• Growth hormones in cattle: Without much comment, but it must be added that in this country there is still a fight so that, at least, it is reported on the meat labels that hormones have been used.
• Chlorine washed chickens: A very common process in the United States that Europeans refuse to accept. The European Union even bans the importation of American chicken.
• Olestra: Fat substitute found in fat free potato chips. Apparently, the olestra attacks the fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids … and also produces an oleaginous anal secretion! It is not approved for sale in many countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.
• Brominated vegetable oil: Found in sports drinks and citrus-flavored soft drinks. In large doses it is associated with thyroid problems, immune difficulties, and even cancer.