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Americans Should Stop Eating These Banned Foods ASAP

Americans Should Stop Eating These Banned Foods ASAP

Certain foods in developed countries are prohibited for a variety of reasons. Some foods are banned because they are dangerous and may increase risks of mental, emotional, and physical dysfunctions.  They’re also responsible for causing health disorders, such as cancer, damage to the nervous system, diabetes, birth defects, allergies, and more. The majority of Americans consume these dangerous food products, which are legally advertised and sold in grocery stores throughout the United States.

Some foods are banned in other nations because of cultural, sustainability, religious purposes; others for downright strange and weird reasons.  For instance, Singapore bans chewing gum because people would leave chewed gum everywhere. For more than 20 years, Singapore declared it illegal to sell or chew gum. However, in 2004, Singapore changed the law allowing citizens to obtain a doctor’s prescription for the 9,000-year-old substance.

Another strange example of banned foods in other countries is the use of ketchup in French schools. Chairperson of the National Association of Directors of Collective Restaurants, Christophe Hebert, said this about ketchup’s influence on France’s future generations: “We have to ensure that children become familiar with French recipes so that they can hand them down to the following generation” (The Telegraph).

However, when it comes to proving wholesome, healthy, and quality food products in the U.S., American food manufacturers fall short in comparison with other countries around the world. For instance, many of the banned foods in other countries are processed in North America using dangerous practices; most of them contain genetically-engineered ingredients, growth promoters, and harmful additives.

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Banned Foods Around the World

American health is deteriorating and spiraling down when compared to other industrialized countries, causing greater than before health care expenses and increased rates of preventable diseases.  The following are some banned foods that governments ban or strictly prohibit because of health concerns and in response to inhumane preparation processes.

Milk produced in the U.S. is on the list of banned foods in the European Union, Australia, Canada, Israel, and New Zealand. Nevertheless, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the synthetic version of the hormone bovine somatotropin (BST), naturally produced in the pituitary gland of cows, which helps them produce milk.

Monsanto, an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation developed the synthetic version of BST called recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). However, in an attempt to protect its citizens from genetically modified milk, the United Nations Food Safety Agency banned rBGH milk in the 101 nations worldwide it represents. It is believed that exposure to rBGH in milk products increases the risk of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer.

Added to the list of banned foods are U.S. arsenic-based drugs approved as animal feed. Claims are that they make the meat fresher, pinker, and speed up animal growth. More than 70 percent of nine billion broiler chickens in the U.S. were fed the arsenic-based feed drug Roxarsone in 2007.

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Chronic arsenic exposure has been found to cause kidney damage or failure, an increased risk of miscarriages, infant mortality, low IQ and blood pressure, skin lesions, headaches, anemia, and an increased risk of diabetes. Arsenic-based drugs are on the list of banned foods in the European Union.

Dangerous Foods That Target Children

Banned foods by some countries are also targeted for young American children and infants. Many of these banned foods contain more than 3,000 food additives that researchers have linked to increase the risks of cancer, behavioral and birth defects, in addition to allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions in children. Synthetic ingredients, colors, flavoring, and preservatives are considered health risks and are found in macaroni and cheese, children’s cereals, Jell-O, and cheddar-flavored crackers.

The most popular dyes used in the U.S. are blue 2, yellow 5 and 6, and red 40. Australia and Norway added these food additives to their list of banned foods. The British government requested all food manufacturers refrain from using dyes in food products by the end of 2009. In addition, the European Union requires foods containing dyes must also have a warning label.

Banned foods containing potassium bromate in other parts of the world are allowed in the U.S. baked goods. Potassium bromate is linked to increased risks of cancer, thyroid problems, and kidney and nervous system damage. In the U.S., commercial bakeries use enriched brominated flour containing potassium bromate claiming it helps make the bread stand up on bread hooks better, while making it more elastic. Food products containing potassium bromate, like some bread, wraps, bagel chips, rolls, and breadcrumbs are banned foods in China, the European Union, and Canada.

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Some of the citrus flavored sodas and sports drinks sold in the U.S. contain the flame retardant brominated vegetable oil (BVO) and are listed as banned foods in other nations. BVO is found in drinks like Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Squirt, and Powerade, to name a few. BVO is linked to schizophrenia, birth defects, organ damage, hearing loss, and growth damage. Toxic levels of bromine may cause cardiac arrhythmia, acne, skin rashes, loss of appetite and fatigue.

Furthermore, BVO can cause cancer, hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and iodine deficiency. Japan and most countries in Europe added BVO to their list of banned foods; whereas, the U.S. still allows this dangerous chemical in a variety of soft drinks.

In the ’80s, nutritionists, dieticians, and healthcare professionals found that fatty foods caused increased risks of obesity, diabetes, and other maladies. A crusade to reduce the amount of unhealthy fats in food took place across the country.  In 1996, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the food additive olestra, which is an ingredient used to help eliminate fat in a variety of food products. Time magazine reported olestra as one of the worst inventions.

The Cleveland Clinic advises, “…foods touted as fat free or low fat are usually poor alternatives to an already low-nutritional value food such as fat free ice cream and olestra-laden potato chips.”

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The United Kingdom and Canada banned foods that contain the fat substitute known as olestra, or also referred to as olean. Olestra is free of calories and is used in “fat-free” products like French fries, chips, and Frito-Lay’s light chip products. Olestra causes digestive difficulties, such as diarrhea, fecal urgency, anal leakage, gastrointestinal disturbances, as well as looser and more frequent bowel movements. Olestra rapidly reduces and drains blood levels of important fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins, A, D, E, and K.

Learning more about banned foods in other industrialized countries can optimize your health. Make it a practice to avoid potentially harmful, dangerous, and questionable food products that inundate American grocery shelves. For that matter, completely avoid all processed foods and choose raw, whole, and organic foods.

If you choose to eat meat and poultry products, organic, grass-fed beef and poultry raised on pastures are healthier choices.

If you would like to help your family and friends control their health, share this information about banned foods with them in order to assist them in making better and healthier alternatives as well.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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