American Companies Use Ingredients Which Are Deemed Unsafe and Banned Overseas

I recently posted my take on the Mac n’ Cheese boycott that took the blogosphere by storm. But Kraft isn’t the only Big Food company that’s making America sicker while using more natural ingredients in other countries.

Food Babe and Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food, the women responsible for the Kraft boycott, have also uncovered a host of other companies using ingredients in America which have been banned in other countries. This informative post does a great job of providing some shocking examples, like this one:


How nice that we in America get an extra dose of suck in our McDonald’s French Fries!

Or how about Pizza Hut’s Garlic Cheese Bread ingredients:


So much red and so much man-made toxic crap.  Like Tbhq (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone). I’ll save you the Google search — Tbhq is a chemical form of butane, used to extend shelf life in foods but also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel, a stabilizer in perfumes, and an additive in varnishes, lacquers, and resins. Regardless of how “safe” it is in über-small quantities (thanks, FDA!), it’s clearly not all that necessary since they seem to make garlic bread just fine over in the UK without it.

The moral of the story is not to up and move to the UK (although after last month’s trip there, I wouldn’t blame you!). No, the lesson here is that regardless of which country you live in, you are the only one responsible for your own health. One very simple way to start taking back that health is to read labels and refuse to eat artificial ingredients!

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay