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    80 percent of US packaged foods may contain dangerous chemicals

    Roughly 80 percent of all the packaged foods sold within the United States contain chemicals outlawed in other parts of the world, Britain’s Daily Mail reports.

    Six common food additives found in an estimated 8-out-of-10 products sold in American stores are banned outside of the US, the Mail claims, putting millions of Americans at risk of consuming chemicals considered too dangerous for humans in other countries.

    Grocery shop items including best-selling soft-drinks and cereal sold in the US contain additives such as brominated vegetable oil, olestra and others that have been banned in the European Union and elsewhere.

    The Daily Mail cites ‘Rich Food, Poor Food,' a recently published book by Jayson Calton and Mira Calton, as the source for their claim that the majority of American groceries contain the additives.



    Among the common items containing the chemicals are Mountain Dew, Chex Mix and Hungry Man frozen dinners, which are made with additives outlawed overseas due to health risks. The Caltons say these products are filled with some of the six “Banned Bad Boys” that are used in America but absent in supermarkets overseas.

    “One of the most common 'Bad Boys' is different variations of food coloring, which actually is made from petroleum and is found in everyday items like soda, sports drinks, mac and cheese, cake, candy and several other common, American products,” reports the Daily Mail. One of the chemicals in that food coloring, they add, has been proven to cause various different cancers. Those artificial dyes have been outlawed in Norway, Finland, Austria, France and the United Kingdom

    Another additive, brominated vegetable oil, has been banned in over 100 countries because it’s been linked to causing major organ damage, birth defects and hearing loss, among other side effects. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is used in Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Powerade and Squirt — and around 10 percent of all drinks sold in the US.

    A petition started earlier this year to get BVOs out of beverages sold in the US received over 206,000 signatures on the website Change.org.

    “BVO is banned other places in the world, so these companies already have a replacement for it,” the petition’s author, Sarah Kavanagh, told The New York Times. “I don’t see why they don’t just make the switch.”



    Another additive, potassium bromate, is used in American bakeries to speed up the process of preparing wraps, rolls and other bread products. It’s derived from the same chemical as BVO, though, and has been tied to causing kidney damage and cancer. That’s why it’s been outlawed in Europe, Canada and China, but not in the US.

    Also on the Calton’s list is azodicarbonamide, a chemical the Daily Mail notes is used to make things like bleach and rubber yoga mats.

    Azodicarbonamide is “approved to be a bleaching agent in cereal flour” and is “permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. Along with waxy preservatives called butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) used in bubble gums, though, the additive has been banned in parts of Europe for potential health risks.

    Rounding out the authors’ 'Bad Boys' list are Synthetic growth hormones rBGH and rBST and the chemical arsenic. They’ve both been banned in the EU for a variety of reasons, and perhaps for good reason: the arsenic put in American poultry can kill a human being if consumed in a high enough dosage.
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    And yet, bizarrely, the American Food Police kicked up a HUGE stink about Quorn, a mushroom-based protein product, because it might, VERY rarely, trigger an allergic reaction (far less likely than peanut derivatives).

    Methinks it was more to do with the fact that it's not American, and is far tastier than soya-based products which ARE often manufactured in the States...It's yet another conspiracy, I tells ya!

    Anyway, back to the topic in question. It's true, we often marvel at the horrendous sh*t you guys allow in your foodstuffs. The brominated vegetable oil spoken of here is renowned for being terribly dangerous! And another additive not mentioned in this article but which has been banned over here is the infamous corn syrup - again (as with the Quorn), part of an American governmental / farming lobby agenda. It's shocking to me - though not surprising - how the US food authorities stack money and health against one another, and invariably give more weight to money.

    It really is time the American people rose up, en-masse, and protested the wrongs being done to the national health. That's if the corn-syrup hasn't had the unfortunate effect of rendering Americans so overweight and lethargic that they can't, physically, "rise up" any more (which, actually, when you think about it, is probably the intention...Feed the people cr*p, so that they are no longer capable of rebellion...THAT wouldn't surprise me either!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    And yet, bizarrely, the American Food Police kicked up a HUGE stink about Quorn, a mushroom-based protein product, because it might, VERY rarely, trigger an allergic reaction (far less likely than peanut derivatives).

    Methinks it was more to do with the fact that it's not American, and is far tastier than soya-based products which ARE often manufactured in the States...It's yet another conspiracy, I tells ya!

    Anyway, back to the topic in question. It's true, we often marvel at the horrendous sh*t you guys allow in your foodstuffs. The brominated vegetable oil spoken of here is renowned for being terribly dangerous! And another additive not mentioned in this article but which has been banned over here is the infamous corn syrup - again (as with the Quorn), part of an American governmental / farming lobby agenda. It's shocking to me - though not surprising - how the US food authorities stack money and health against one another, and invariably give more weight to money.

    It really is time the American people rose up, en-masse, and protested the wrongs being done to the national health. That's if the corn-syrup hasn't had the unfortunate effect of rendering Americans so overweight and lethargic that they can't, physically, "rise up" any more (which, actually, when you think about it, is probably the intention...Feed the people cr*p, so that they are no longer capable of rebellion...THAT wouldn't surprise me either!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    And yet, bizarrely, the American Food Police kicked up a HUGE stink about Quorn, a mushroom-based protein product, because it might, VERY rarely, trigger an allergic reaction (far less likely than peanut derivatives).

    Methinks it was more to do with the fact that it's not American, and is far tastier than soya-based products which ARE often manufactured in the States...It's yet another conspiracy, I tells ya!

    Anyway, back to the topic in question. It's true, we often marvel at the horrendous sh*t you guys allow in your foodstuffs. The brominated vegetable oil spoken of here is renowned for being terribly dangerous! And another additive not mentioned in this article but which has been banned over here is the infamous corn syrup - again (as with the Quorn), part of an American governmental / farming lobby agenda. It's shocking to me - though not surprising - how the US food authorities stack money and health against one another, and invariably give more weight to money.

    It really is time the American people rose up, en-masse, and protested the wrongs being done to the national health. That's if the corn-syrup hasn't had the unfortunate effect of rendering Americans so overweight and lethargic that they can't, physically, "rise up" any more (which, actually, when you think about it, is probably the intention...Feed the people cr*p, so that they are no longer capable of rebellion...THAT wouldn't surprise me either!).
    Hell no dot rise up. Obama can kill anyone he wants, the drones will find you and them tap your phone. You can't do that shit anymore. They'll Hoffa your ass.

    Just use common sense which sadly isn't common anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    And yet, bizarrely, the American Food Police kicked up a HUGE stink about Quorn, a mushroom-based protein product, because it might, VERY rarely, trigger an allergic reaction (far less likely than peanut derivatives).
    I'd be willing to bet I'm allergic to it, but it's okay 'cause I hate mushrooms anyway, so you're not likely to catch me trying it!

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    Thankfully people are becoming more aware of certain bad practices like these. The next thing to watch out for is the re-labeling of items to confuse us. When we caught on to high fructose corn syrup, it suddenly becomes known simply as corn sugar. And there are dozens of names for MSG, to confuse people. And so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I'd be willing to bet I'm allergic to it, but it's okay 'cause I hate mushrooms anyway, so you're not likely to catch me trying it!
    You LOON! It doesn't taste or look anything like mushrooms!!! It's derived from a protein genetically linked to mushrooms - that's about as close as it gets!

    Take a risk; try some - LIVE DANGEROUSLY!!! You never know, it might make you even MORE of a fungi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    I'd be willing to bet I'm allergic to it, but it's okay 'cause I hate mushrooms anyway, so you're not likely to catch me trying it!
    it doesn't taste anything like mushrooms and as a meat analogue it is one of the better ones...I still like my old school Tofurky tho
    but I have noticed lately that a lot of the Quorn products are coming out with battered and fried versions and they have a lot of sodium and fat

    the Jalapeno and cheese quorn cutlets have

    Calories 290

    Calories from fat 140

    Total fat 15.0g

    Saturated fat 4.0g

    Trans fat 0.0g

    Cholesterol 20.0mg

    Sodium 680mg

    Total carbohydrate 26.0g

    Dietary fiber 5.0g

    Sugar 3.0g

    Protein 13.0g

    as a "health" product that seems a bit high in sodium and Cholestral to me

    they're not bad as a once in a while thing


    but tempeh...now THAT I guarantee you would hate

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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    You LOON! It doesn't taste or look anything like mushrooms!!! It's derived from a protein genetically linked to mushrooms - that's about as close as it gets!

    Take a risk; try some - LIVE DANGEROUSLY!!! You never know, it might make you even MORE of a fungi!
    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    it doesn't taste anything like mushrooms and as a meat analogue it is one of the better ones...I still like my old school Tofurky tho
    but I have noticed lately that a lot of the Quorn products are coming out with battered and fried versions and they have a lot of sodium and fat

    the Jalapeno and cheese quorn cutlets have

    Calories 290

    Calories from fat 140

    Total fat 15.0g

    Saturated fat 4.0g

    Trans fat 0.0g

    Cholesterol 20.0mg

    Sodium 680mg

    Total carbohydrate 26.0g

    Dietary fiber 5.0g

    Sugar 3.0g

    Protein 13.0g

    as a "health" product that seems a bit high in sodium and Cholestral to me

    they're not bad as a once in a while thing


    but tempeh...now THAT I guarantee you would hate
    Doesn't matter if it tastes like mushrooms - if the little bastards are present, I might become violently ill, and I don't like that!
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    I am pretty sure that every fresh vegetable has some sort of carcinogens in them...even ones that have anti-carcinogens have carcinogens. Nothing is safe, well, except gravel. Gravel has ZERO carcinogens. Mutated genetically made mushrooms...causes nausea world-wide. Someone contact Jack Reacher. He'll figure it out jumping on someones couch.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    it doesn't taste anything like mushrooms and as a meat analogue it is one of the better ones...I still like my old school Tofurky tho
    but I have noticed lately that a lot of the Quorn products are coming out with battered and fried versions and they have a lot of sodium and fat

    the Jalapeno and cheese quorn cutlets have

    Calories 290

    Calories from fat 140

    Total fat 15.0g

    Saturated fat 4.0g

    Trans fat 0.0g

    Cholesterol 20.0mg

    Sodium 680mg

    Total carbohydrate 26.0g

    Dietary fiber 5.0g

    Sugar 3.0g

    Protein 13.0g

    as a "health" product that seems a bit high in sodium and Cholestral to me

    they're not bad as a once in a while thing


    but tempeh...now THAT I guarantee you would hate
    Horse meat is healthier.
    Just go for it!

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    Horse meat is healthier.
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