In a new book written by Mira and Jason Calton, “Rich Food, Poor Food,” the authors suggest 80% of the ingredients commonly used in all American convenience food has been banned by other countries.
The book also includes information about which countries banned each substance and why.
Both Mira and Jason Calton are well-educated. Mira Calton is a Licensed Certified Nutritionist, a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, a Diplomate of the College of Clinical Nutrition, a Certified Personal Fitness Chef and is Board Certified in Integrative Health.
Jayson B. Calton, PhD, is a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, a Diplomate of the College of Clinical Nutrition, and is Board Certified in Integrative Health and Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Calton majored in Molecular and Microbiology (pre-med), at the Burnett Honors College, School of Biomedical Sciences and holds a Masters of Science degree and a Ph.D. in Nutrition.
He has completed post-doctoral continuing medical education at Harvard Medical School, Cornell University, and Yale University School of Medicine, and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Health Association and the American Board of Integrative Health.
According to Yahoo’s Tracey Gaughran-Perez, some of the ingredients provided on the book’s list termed “Banned Bad Boys” are:
Olestra is commonly used in low and no-fat snack foods and known to cause serious gastrointestinal issues for those who consume it. Olestra is banned in both the United Kingdom and Canada.
Brominated Vegetable Oil
Mountain Dew, Fresca and Squirt all contain brominated vegetable oil, a substance that has been banned in more than 100 countries “because it has been linked to basically every form of thyroid disease – from cancer to autoimmune diseases – known to man.”
According to an article in Scientific American, scientists suggest BVO could be building up in human tissues and studies on mice have shown reproductive and behavioral problems linked to large doses of the chemical.
Yellow #5 and Yellow #6
The food coloring used in boxed Mac & Cheese dinners contain yellow #5 and yellow #6 which include Tartrazine, a coal tar derivative, an active ingredient in lice shampoo linked to allergies, ADHD, and cancer in animals.
Tartrazine is linked to asthma attacks and urticaria — an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins. Tartrazine is also linked to thyroid tumors, chromosomal damage, lupus and hyperactivity, and is banned in Norway and Austria.
Azodicarbonamide is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by the FDA and commonly found in frozen dinners and frozen potato and bread products – which is used make bleach and foamed plastics. Azodicarbonamide has been banned in most European countries because it’s known to induce asthma. In Singapore its use carries a $500,000 fine and up to 15 years in prison.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
These chemicals are found in Post, Kelloggs and Quaker brand cereals, which are made from petroleum and is a known cancer-causing agent. It’s been banned in England and Japan.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) are the preservatives most often added to breakfast cereals — both are carcinogenic and linked to increased hyperactivity and ADHD in children.
BHA and BHT are toxic to the liver and kidneys, and are identified by the U.S. National Library of Medicine as carcinogens.