8 Forbidden Foods from Around the World that Americans Still Eat Daily

Ever wondered if the foods you eat daily are forbidden elsewhere? Some American classics and nostalgic delicacies are prompting concerns worldwide owing to questionable ingredients.

#1 Coffee-mate, RITZ Crackers and more

Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, and Denmark oppose trans fats in Coffee-mate, RITZ Crackers, and Pillsbury biscuits. These partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils are a global health problem.

#2 Wheat thins and cereals

BHT has been banned in the UK, Japan, and portions of Europe. This chemical enhancer in Wheat Thins and Frosted Flakes was banned due to its possible damage.

Know brominated vegetable oil (BVO)? In citrus sodas, this ingredient preserves the citrus flavor. However, it causes skin irritation, memory loss, and headaches. BVO is banned in the EU and Japan, but PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have phased it out in the U.S.

#3 Citrus sodas

US cereal aisles have many items, however some contain BHT for shelf life. BHT is safe by the FDA, however Japan and the EU banned it due to its carcinogenic risk.

#4 Cereal

Colorful Skittles raises worries about artificial food colours yellow 5 and yellow 6. Due to hyperactivity and tumor associations, certain European countries have banned these chemicals.

#5 Skittles

The use of rBGH in U.S. cow's milk is controversial. It's allowed in the U.S. but banned in the EU and Canada due to milk production and health concerns.

#6 Milk

Honey Bunches of Oats and Arby's croissants include azodicarbonamide (ADA), a yoga mat and shoe sole additive. Despite FDA approval, ADA-containing foods are banned in Europe due to health concerns.

#7 Bread-like cereal products

Some instant mashed potatoes include butylated hydroxyanisole, despite their convenience. It's banned in the UK and Japan owing to carcinogenicity, but still used in the US.

#8 Instant mashed potatoes

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