SARASOTA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mira Calton, CN and Jayson Calton, Ph.D. expose the top 13 ingredients in many common foods found in the grocery store that are banned in other countries for being dangerous to human health in their upcoming book, Rich Food, Poor Food (Primal Blueprint Publishing, February 26, 2013).
“While the FDA has not banned the use of bromated flour, they do urge bakers to voluntarily leave it out”
At age 30, after being diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis and the bone density of an 80-year-old woman, Mira Calton, CN, gave up her Manhattan job and committed all her resources to taking her health into her own hands. She teamed up with Jayson Calton, Ph.D., a nutritional theorist with experience working with people who had chronic health conditions and he not only reversed her condition within two years; they partnered to help others uncover the source of their disease through nutrition. In 2005, they set off on a 6-year, 100-country research expedition to study the effects of modernization on the lifestyle and nutrition habits of people around the world—leading to the culmination of their first book, NAKED CALORIES (2012).
“For numerous suspicious and disturbing reasons, the U.S. has allowed foods that are banned in many other developed countries into our food supply,” say the Caltons. “Consumers should be educated about the foods they are feeding their families. For example, counterfeit colors are found in sports drinks, candy bars, and mac‘n cheese. Most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial floors,” Caltons say. “It also appears in head lice shampoos to kill off the small bugs.”
Brominated vegetable oil found in soda and sports drinks, “competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, elevated levels of the stuff may lead to thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer,” the Caltons say. Additionally, bromine in BVO, is a poisonous chemical that is considered both corrosive and toxic. Elevated bromide levels have been implicated in every thyroid disease, from simple hypothyroidism to autoimmune diseases to thyroid cancer and have been linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss. This explains why it has already been banned in more than 100 countries. And, Potassium Bromate found in wraps, breadcrumbs, bagel chips, and rolls has been associated with kidney, nervous system disorders and gastrointestinal discomfort. “While the FDA has not banned the use of bromated flour, they do urge bakers to voluntarily leave it out,” say the Caltons.
Azodicarbonamide can be found in breads, fast food egg sandwiches, frozen dinners, and shelf packaged baked goods. “In Singapore you can get up to fifteen years in prison and penalized nearly half a million dollars in fines for using it as an ingredient,” the Caltons reveal. “But here, in the U.S. these chemicals have been linked to asthma and are primarily used in foamed plastics like yoga mats, sneaker soles and bleach flour. This asthma-causing allergen has been added to numerous grocery store ingredient lists."
While the state of California recognizes BHA to be a cancer-causing agent, The Butylated Brothers (BHA & BHT) are still found as ingredients in cereal, nut mixes, bubble gum, butter, processed meats, dehydrated potatoes, and beer. “Made from petroleum, these waxy solids act as preservatives to prevent food from becoming rancid and developing objectionable odors,” the Caltons say.
The synthetic growth hormones (rBGH/ rBST) found in most non-organic milk to boost milk production, cream, and cheeses have dangerous impacts on both human and bovine health. “Cows treated with these hormones often become lame, infertile, and suffer from inflamed and infected udders,” the Caltons say. “The milk is supercharged with IGF-1 (insulin growth factor -1), which has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers.”
“Already banned in the U.K. and Canada, the fat substitute, Olestra, found in Pringles and Lay’s reduced fat chips appears to cause a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids, robbing us of vital micronutrients."
Rich Food, Poor Food recommends organic poultry. “The arsenic fed to poultry affects the blood vessels in chickens and turkeys, causing them to appear pinker and, therefore, fresher, the Environmental Protection Agency classifies inorganic arsenic as a 'human carcinogen.'"
Readers get a unique Grocery Purchasing System (GPS) in Rich Food, Poor Food to navigate the grocery store aisles with ease, identifying micronutrient-Rich Foods (those that contain higher amounts of the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that the body needs to perform all the functions of healthy living), while avoiding over 150 Poor Food ingredients such as pesticides, carcinogens, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In addition, the book provides money saving tips and directs readers to exclusive Rich Food coupons.
Shape.com writer, Cristina Goyanes, posted a blog 13 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the U.S. on Tuesday, January 15, and the story received more than 38,000 likes and more than 300,000 page views within the first 24 hours of its post. You can read the story here: http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/13-banned-foods-still-allowed-us