North Americans have a very diverse diet for the most part, with many different types of cuisine to choose from. However, we are still consuming an alarming number of foods that have been banned around the globe, despite having a big menu to pick from.
Foods may be banned internationally for a number of reasons, from unsafe additives to the harmful practices used to create the food in the first place. Here are six forbidden foods that Americans still dig into on the regular…
1. Bread Made with Potassium Bromate
Breads enriched with the ingredient, Potassium Bromate, have already been banned in Canada, the European Union, and China. According to LiveScience.com, the additive has been linked to causing cancer in rats and mice.
The addition of potassium bromate can help “age” bread faster than exposure to air, adds the source. It helps create an end product that is “fluffy, soft, and unnaturally white”. Most of the bromate dissipates after proper baking, to less than 20 parts per billion, explains the article. However, improper baking can cause a spike in these levels.