These American-Approved Ingredients Are Banned Around The World

Many of us put a lot of faith in food and beverage manufacturers. But occasionally, the people producing our food, and sometimes even the FDA, don’t have our best interests in mind when it comes to the standards they establish. In some cases, overlooked ingredients can be adverse to our health in a big way. For this reason, some countries are a little more stringent about what their citizens consume on the daily, at least compared to the United States.

This Soda Is Particularly Bad For You

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‘Brominated vegetable oil’ doesn’t sound too bad. But the stuff is flame retardant! The ingredient has been used in American sodas since the beginning. But new studies have shown that the mysterious ingredient may be related to skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve problems.

As a result, Coca-Cola and Pepsi have pinky-promised to remove the ingredient from all of their sodas. Mountain Dew, on the other hand, still boasts the ingredient on every bottle. Europe and Japan gave this ingredient a hard no, even if it cost them the famous green soda.