11 ingredients in U.S. foods so dangerous they're banned in other countries

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2013-06-27 13:23

A recently published list of popular foods in the U.S. considered so dangerous, they've been banned in other countries, has ruffled some feathers in the food industry. The list was made public last week when media outlets across the nation broke the news about a list of eight ingredients banned in other countries, but found in favorite foods on American grocery stores everywhere.

The list came from the book, Rich Food, Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System, written by Jayson Calton, who has a Ph.D. in nutrition, and Mira Calton, a licensed certified nutritionist.

The married couple has developed a system to determine the healthiest options among the approximate 40,000 food offerings available in the mega-mart today. The couple says that shoppers can avoid processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, artificial colors, and nitrites if only they make a little effort.

"We call it our GPS of grocery purchasing system: how to identify dangerous ingredients, so people can shop safe and smart in the grocery store," said Mira Calton.

The book includes a list of “poor food”, which refers to food that’s been banned because it’s dangerous. By the same token, Calton points out that manufacturers aren’t putting these into foods because they’re “bad people”. The problem goes deeper than that.

"It might have been part of their original formula and sometimes they don't know," Calton said.

Nevertheless, it's not all about dangerous ingredients. Take sugar for example. According to Calton, excessive amounts of the sweetening ingredient may be contributing to vitamin and mineral deficiencies in ways that are complex and alarmingly recidivist.

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