My mom found a link to this on Facebook and I wanted to share it :-)
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.
But it is not banned here.
You might also be upset to hear that the food coloring used to make your kid's delicious Mac & Cheese dinner visually appealing - yellow #5 and yellow #6, namely - is made from coal tar, which among other things is an active ingredient in lice shampoo and has been linked to allergies, ADHD, and cancer in animals. And gaaaaah.
What? Mac & Cheese is my favorite. No brand can make anything as good as the Kraft Mac & Cheese. :-) Sigh
Then there's azodicarbonamide - commonly found in frozen dinners and frozen potato and bread products - which is used make things like bleach and foamed plastics like those found in yoga mats (tasty!). Azodicarbonamide has been banned in most European countries because it's known to induce asthma, and is in fact deemed so dangerous that in Singapore its use carries a hefty $500,00 fine and up to 15 years in prison.
I don't think I'm really all that interested in eating a yoga mat for dinner, but thanks. :-)
Yet, according to the FDA, it's SO TOTALLY FINE for us to keep shoveling it into our faces.
Finally, there's butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) - found in Post, Kelloggs and Quaker brand cereals - which is made from petroleum and is a known cancer-causing agent. It's been banned in England and Japan, but those of us in the U.S. can keep right on serving up to our children for breakfast, because AMERICA. And FREEDOM.
I'm glad I'm not too 'in love' with cereal. I usually eat kefir for breakfast, so I'm not too dissapointed it's now banned from this household. :-)
Here is a link to the actual post: http://shine.yahoo.com