Banned substances – What is wrong with pre-packaged food?

Innate Healer – by Dr. Josephine Lee

There is a new book out you might want to read: “Rich Food, Poor Food” by Mira and Jason Calton. They list what they consider and proclaim to be the “Banned Bad Boys”, their slang for ingredients commonly used in up to 80% of all American pre-packaged convenience foods which have been banned by other countries.

I have been admonishing my clients to shop on the outside aisles of a grocery store where the fresh and real foods are found. Most of prepackaged foods, junk food as I call them, are more conveniently located in stores and are full of preservatives, dangerous chemicals, hydrogenated fats, fake fat, fake sugars, and brominated chemicals.  

Bromine, as found in Mountain Dew, Fresca and Squirt, all contain brominated (contains bromine) vegetable oil, a substance that has been banned in more than 100 countries. Brominated compound is also used in many baked goods as a dough conditioner. It has been linked to many forms of thyroid disease, including cancer and autoimmune diseases. Bromine is a toxic halogen that blocks the actions of iodine.

The book lists sweetened cereals, pre-packaged dinners, soft drinks, frozen foods and the breads that contain bromine along with many other non-foods or so called pre-packaged convenience food.  Many of these ingredients are banned in other countries because they are considered to be harmful and dangerous to the health of people and the environment.  They are illegal and carry serious fines if used in many countries.

Olestra is on the list. It is a commonly used in so called low/no-fat snack foods and it is known to cause serious gastrointestinal irritation/inflammation and many gut symptoms related to its consumption. It is banned in both the United Kingdom and Canada.

Food coloring makes up many of the fast food restaurants ingredients. Very commonly used are yellow #5 and yellow #6, which is derived from coal tar. There are many ingredients listed in the book that are used in shampoos, lotions, tooth paste, candies and vitamins pills that have been linked to allergies and ADHD in humans, and cancers in animals.

Look for chemicals such as azodicarbonamide in frozen dinners, frozen potato and bread products. This substance is also use to make bleach and foamed plastics like those found in exercise mats. Azodicarbonamide has been banned in most European countries because it’s known to induce asthma. A $500,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison is listed as a consequence of its usage in Singapore.  However, in the United States, Azodicarbonamide is approved by the FDA to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour and is permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are common preservatives found in Post, Kellogg’s and Quaker brand cereals, which are made from petroleum and are known cancer-causing agents. They have been banned in England and Japan but not in the U.S.

80% of US pre-packaged foods are banned in other countries!  Does it surprise you?  What have they done to our food in the land of the free?  What about GMO ingredients that are linked to cancer and gut problems by independent researchers?

To avoid being poisoned, please eat real foods and take real high grade nutrient supplements. Insist on shopping on the periphery of the grocery store isles; and avoid packaged products in the middle of the store. Better yet, shop at local farmers market or directly from local farmers.  Make snacks food at home yourself; they are easier than you think.   Consider doing batch cooking at home on the weekends and eaten by your family during the week will save you money and increase you nutritional intake.  Host a cooking party by inviting your friends to come and cook together, share the preparation and the home-made dishes to take home. Get to the outdoors often to get your skins to produce vitamin D in the sun and sweat out some of these toxins will benefit your health.  Eating lots of raw green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits in season will provide phytonutrients and enzymes to detox our bodies are both delicious and preventative therapies.

One thought on “Banned substances – What is wrong with pre-packaged food?

  1. “I have been admonishing my clients to shop on the outside aisles of a grocery store where the fresh and real foods are found.”

    You mean where the keep all the GMOs?

    Nothing is safe anymore.

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