10 Banned Foods That Every American Should Stop Eating. {Infographic}

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Oh America, you are indeed the land of the free and home to the brave, but somewhere along the way we have also become the land of GMO’s, bio-engineered food and ADHD-inducing dyes.

How have we managed to let this crap slip through the cracks for so long? I mean even China, Russia and our crazy Canadian brothers have this thing figured out!

Come on America, let’s get our s*** together.

Here are four quick things we can do right now.

  1. Avoid the foods on this list. We all know (too well, maybe) the effects of supply and demand on consumer-driven products. We don’t buy it, they don’t make it.
  2. Speak out. Pass this information on to friends and family. Share it on social media. The more of us that say no to this garbage the better, for everyone.
  3. Research. If you just can’t say no to something you love on this list, do a quick google search for a more responsible, healthy alternative, then tell your friends! Or better yet, blog about it and submit it to Elephant Journal so we can share it with the world.
  4. Get involved. Sign petitions, make alternative meal options for your family, boycott stores (and products) that don’t have our best interests or health in mind. Start here and sign this petition to help stop GMO’s.


10 Banned Foods to Avoid

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18 Responses to “10 Banned Foods That Every American Should Stop Eating. {Infographic}”

  1. debaumer says:

    So grateful for this article! Will take me awhile to absorb it all, though!

  2. Actual Scientist says:

    If you're using Mercola as a source, I seriously question your ability to understand science. Many of these "risks" are grossly exaggerated and some are completely false.

    • Martha says:

      Even better, it's Mercola using itself as a source. The only one here I that sounds plausible to me is the arsenic one. Funny that's also the only one that uses a different source, too.

  3. marcus says:

    I'm calling bullshit on the farmed salmon. I am actually as I type brining, farmed Salmon and I live in Melbourne, Australia. Don't get me wrong I wanted to get wild salmon but it's really hard to source locally.

    • Not to mention that we have over-fished out oceans. Scientists are talking about potential extinction and mass die-off/depletion within 20-40 years, that's within out own lifetimes. This is why eating farmed fish is the only responsible thing to do, so shop your farmed fish wisely. Another fact to drive it home, for ever centimeter a fish grows – they produce 10,000 additional eggs. Point being that right now we need to allow fish to grow into mature adults and leave them alone to repopulate the oceans and rivers.

  4. catnipkiss says:

    wow. I avoid a lot of these, as a vegetarian who tries not to eat too many carbs. However, my beloved Cheezits………… NOOOOOOOOOOO……….. what about the white ones, I wonder??

  5. Patrick Wyman says:

    Not all farmed salmon is equal. There are methods that employ mobile beds and do not feed grain GMO or otherwise.

  6. Jared says:

    Hell! Everytime a rat dies, we lose something else good to eat!

  7. Bung Karno says:

    I like cola and fanta, not banned in my country

  8. Mr. Sudoku says:

    Heh. Need to open personal plantation for vegetables and cow farm. Only then I can be sure what I’m eating

  9. Kaly says:

    The dose makes the poison. A lot of the information here is non-specific as to what levels of various compounds are in the products when they hit the market, and what levels they would actually need to be in to be poisonous to a person. There's arsenic in your strawberries, but that doesn't mean you should stop eating them – arsenic is the 12th most common element in the human body, and the 20th most common in the Earth's crust. It's also naturally eliminated by the body about a day or two after consumption.

    Also genetically modified foods (the big scary "GMO") are all we eat today. Seriously. There were no such things as red tomatoes, or yellow corn, or brussel sprouts or cabbage or kale (which are actually all the same plant) five hundred years ago. We've been genetically modifying food for millenia, we're just better (and safer!) at it now.

    • stoptheinsanity says:

      Kaly please tell me you didn't just compare cross breeding of plants as being the same as genetically gene splicing one organism into another?

  10. Robert says:

    Just commenting on this now because it got shared on Facebook.

    Just gotta say this is some high quality, grade “A” fearmongering with an agenda. That or misunderstood science presented as misrepresented fact.

    All these foods are safe, and have been proven safe (Yes, even the big scary ‘GMO’) assuming you eat under certain thresholds. The real danger of farm raised salmon is the greatly increased incidence of parasites, which if properly cooked is a non issue.

    Next I will address Papaya having GMO crossbreeding. Because everything you eat is GMO. For example, corn- white, yellow, sweet, popped… all of it- GMO. Tomatoes, Bananas, apples, oranges, lettuce, onions, even potatoes. All genetically selectively bred and crossbred to be what they are today. I can literally gurantee you that if you are eating a ‘balanced’ diet- even organic- you are eating GMO out the wazzoo- and you know what? Thats good. Because you are healthy enough to be sitting here, reading this, and I am healthy enough at 38 to have no cancer, no major health issues outside my disabilities gained from my military service, and healthy enough to run between 20 and 30 miles a week. Damn those GMOs!

    Things like BVO consumption growth hormones, and potassium bromate require inordinate amounts of consumption to be in any way dangerous. For example, BVO containing beverages require consumption of multiple litres of containing substance for months on end to produce side effects. At that point, consuming upwards of 100litres of mountain dew in a month is likely going to give you diabetes and a handful of other problems as well. Thats just stupidity.

    Its all about proper intake and consumption. Like with anything in the world. Remember, water- even the purest and cleanest water- is toxic in too large a quantity, and it isnt even that large a quantity. In bootcamp water toxicosis is pretty common because you drink 2-3 gallons a day.

    Life is about moderation, especially your diet. This article is a prime example of why you shouldnt just believe everything you read on the internet.

  11. Cancerhater says:

    All of you guys that are thinking the food in grocery stores or Farmed Salmon fed GMO food is OKAY , no biggie, I am going to die anyway???? Well ppl are dying of Cancer, not of Old Age….. Just Saying

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