Top 10 BANNED Foods!
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Top 15 Banned Foods 10. “Horse Meat”- Though the meat known as
chevaline was only technically banned in the United States from 2007 until 2011 the regulations
that remain in place (thankfully for horse lovers everywhere) still make it very hard
for a once strong industry to resurge. Horse Meat has been a common replacement for
beef for centuries, so much so that you have probably eaten it and not known it. Many food manufactures and restaurants have
either called it beef or mixed it in with their other beef products. It was commonly used as a substitute meat
when times got tough during both World Wars and has always been a main ingredient in several
dog foods. Many religions and countries have had various
bans on chevaline throughout history, but most famously was that of France where eating
horse meat known as hippophagy was punishable by death until 1866. 9. “Japanese Puffer Fish”- You may already
know that the Japanese Puffer Fish is fatally toxic aside from very select pieces which
must be cut by only the precisest of chefs–However many countries won’t even take that risk
as the entire European Union has banned the sale and preparation of any fish even belonging
to the same genus. Even in the United States only a handful of
restaurants are licensed to serve the dish known in Japan as Fugu. The chefs that prepare Fugu are required to
undertake an intense exam process that only few pass. If you eat the poisonous Pufferfish (whose
tetrodotoxin can be over one-thousand times more dangerous than cyanide) your mouth will
go numb, your body will become paralyzed and you will die from asphyxiation. There is no known antidote to this toxin. What’s more is that the part of the fish
that is considered the most delicious is the liver which surrounded by the toxin and sometimes
known to contain it. 8. “Frozen Dinners”- You might not know the
chemical azodicarbonamide by name but if you live in the United States, chances are you
have eaten this potentially dangerous additive. The chemical known as ADA is an industrial
foaming agent that is used in various squishy plastic products such as yoga mats and flip-flops,
but it is also widely used in microwavable dinners in order to make bread and other such
foods more light, spongy and aesthetically appealing. It is also used at some fast-food chains in
the dough they use in order to make the bread last longer and be more fluffy. Notably, it was used by Subway who banned
the chemical in 2014 after public outrage. Because ADA is known to cause certain allergies,
skin conditions and may be linked to causing asthma it is now banned across the European
Union, Singapore and Australia. 7. “Unpasteurized Milk”- Until Louis Pasteur
invented what we know today as Pasteurization in 1856 foods such as wine, beer, almonds
and milk were prone to going bad extremely fast or housing a multitude of bacteria such
as salmonella and E. Coli from the point of creation. Because of the deadly danger of these bacterias
the United States banned distribution of unpasteurized or ‘raw’ milk across state lines. Though it is illegal in some states, in most
you can buy raw milk from local dairy farmers or small stores. These providers however cannot widely distribute
and a growing number of people want to change the government regulations against this. These people cite the fact that the milk doesn’t
contain growth hormones, that it may have some health benefits that pasteurized milk
does not and that it allegedly tastes better. The CDC, FDA and American Medical Association
are all steadfast against this movement because though not all raw milk is hazardous it only
takes one bad batch to be deadly or cause an outbreak of disease. If the demand for raw milk keeps surging however,
the Federal government may be forced to legalize the distribution of unpasteurized milk in
order to properly regulate what is a burgeoning underground industry. 6. “Shark Fins”- Shark fins have been eaten
for centuries primarily in Vietnam and China in the form of shark fin soup. The Chinese traditionally believed that eating
shark fins can help increase vitality and overall healthiness but this is contrary to
scientific information. Shark fin soup is actually found to increase
the risk of mercury poisoning and mental illnesses. Beyond the possible health effects, the process
of shark finning is widely considered inhumane. When shark finning, the fishermen cut off
a shark’s fin and throw the shark back into the ocean which usually leaves the shark to
suffocate or be eaten by other aquatic creatures as the shark can no longer swim properly. Thankfully, in 2000, President Clinton signed
into law legislation that made it illegal to harvest shark fins in United States waters
and by U.S. ships in international water. However, it is still legal to import shark
fins and canned shark fin soup. In the last two years there has been a strong
push by several activist groups and politicians to outlaw the importing and sale of these
products. 5. “Absinthe”- Known as The Green Fairy,
this high-proof liquor was invented in Switzerland in the late 1700s but reached its pinnacle
in popularity in the French Bohemian culture of the 19th century. Absinthe is distilled from several different
botanicals mainly that of wormwood and has a distinct flavor of anise. It has been commonly misconstrued as a hallucinogen
in popular culture due to its containing the chemical thujone. This chemical is the source of many misconceptions. One of the most famous of which is that absinthe
was at one point banned in the United States. This myth was believed for almost 100 years
due to the government’s ban on thujone. In actuality, the misinterpreted ban on thujone
was only applicable to products that had over 10 milligrams per liter and most absinthe
has and had far less thujone than that parameter. This fact was overlooked though, probably
because of the taboo nature of the drink, so the drink that was technically legal was
treated as banned for the better part of a century. Many people today falsely believe that manufacturers
recently pressured the government into lifting this non-existent ban but the real case is
that the recent rise in popularity of the drink actually had distillers looking at the
fine print and realizing the alleged ban was bunk. However, there actually were bans in two of
the countries where the drink was most revered. In France, there technically kinda-sort-of
still is a ban on absinthe, well at least calling it absinthe. For years the manufacturers of absinthe in
France had to get away with distribution just by changing the name of the drink from absinthe
to a ‘worm-wood based product’. In 2011, they legalized it fully–aside from
the true full-strength absinthes that come from the Swiss. Meanwhile in Switzerland, its place of origin,
there was a ban on the product until 2005. 4. “Ackee”-The national fruit of Jamaica
which originated in West Africa is banned in the United States and several other countries
due to the deadly toxin it contains. Ackee is a flowery looking fruit that holds
large black seeds that are full of the poison known as hypoglycin. Hypoglycin when ingested causes what Jamaicans
call Jamaican Vomiting Sickness which commonly results in death. The fruit is usually served with saltfish,
and like the Japanese pufferfish, Ackee must be prepared to exact specifications as there
is only a small portion of the fruit that doesn’t contain hypoglycin. To insure this portion is poison free the
fruit is inspected to be ripe beyond doubt and boiled after to remove any possible remnants. Canned and frozen Ackee was legalized in the
United States for distribution in 2000, but still must pass some of the strictest inspection
guidelines and the raw plant still is illegal to import. 3. “Casu Marzu”-This unique cheese made of
sheep’s milk can rarely be found outside of its home, the Italian island of Sardinia. Casu Marzu is banned in the United States
and in the European Union. Why? Because the cheese is deemed unsanitary by
health organizations due to it containing live maggots. Though Italy is part of the European Union
government officials tend to look the other way when it comes to Sardinians who have been
making this traditional delicacy for centuries. The cheese can only be made from a certain
type of sheep that are native to Sardinia and survive in its harsh climate. In order to make Casu Marzu, a common sheep
milk cheese known as Pecorino Sardo is set outside for months so that flies will munch
on it and lay their eggs inside of it. Once the maggots hatch the enzymes they create
cause the cheese to decompose which softens it considerably and heightens its aroma. This process also adds a spicy kick to the
cheese. Casu Marzu must be eaten at just the right
time as when the maggots start to die the food becomes too dangerous to eat. Even though Sardinians swear by it and consume
it often, the E.U. and U.S. banned it because it is hard to regulate due to the fickle nature
of its housing live organisms, the risk of intestinal larval infection and several cases
of people who have eaten it coming down with allergies. 2. “Haggis”- When one thinks of Scotland
a few things come to mind: kilts, bagpipes, golf and haggis. But what exactly is haggis and why is it banned
in the United States? Haggis is probably the most celebrated dish
in all of Scotland and is considered by many the best of all meat pudding. The dish is made from the parts of sheep leftover
after the tender mutton is removed, such as the heart liver and lungs which are called
“sheep pluck”. The pluck is then cooked and mixed with seasonings
and oatmeal which are stuffed into a sheep stomach and boiled for a few hours. So why is this highly sought after and beloved
Scottish dish banned in the United States? Well as it turns out, in 1971, the USDA enacted
a law that bans any food that contains lungs of livestock. Their reasonings is that during the process
of slaughtering an animal such as a sheep or cow that unwanted fluids such as stomach
acid and phlegm can pool into the animal’s lungs and these could possibly make people
sick. Haggis without lung can be found at some restaurants
in America but many refuse to eat it, citing that it doesn’t taste the same. 1. “Mountain Dew”- Pepsi-Cola’s Mountain
Dew is one of the most popular soft drinks in the United States so you might be surprised
that it is banned in over one-hundred countries around the world. One might think that this is because of the
drinks high caffeine content but the real culprit is Brominated Vegetable Oil or BVO. BVO is made of plant triglycerides that have
been chemically combined with the element Bromine. The resulting additive is used in Mountain
Dew as an emulsifier, this means that it acts as a glue that stops the ingredients of the
soda from separating in storage as they naturally would. The bad part is that bromine is a toxic chemical
that has been found to cause a multitude of mental health issues such as schizophrenia
to physical issues like birth defects and deterioration of vital organs. When it becomes BVO it is found to also increase
the risk cancer and thyroid damage. If you want to avoid BVO, cutting out Mountain
Dew isn’t the only thing you’d have to do, you’d have to cut out almost all soda-pops
and sports drinks altogether because it is found in almost every beverage with citrus
flavoring on the market and then some. For these reasons, products that use BVO as
an additive are banned across the European Union, India and Japan as well as others. Many of the companies that make products with
BVO have scaled back the amount they use in their products and say they intend to eventually
get rid of it outright. The FDA maintains that most cases of illness
or medical conditions linked to BVO occur when people ingest excessive amounts of it. People who drink more than two liters a day
have been known to develop health problems such as nervous system disorders, reproductive
issues and even skin lesions. In one extreme case, a man developed the rare
skin condition bromoderma after he drank a disgusting 8 liters of Ruby Red Squirt daily.


40 thoughts on “Top 10 BANNED Foods!

  1. WTF you saying mountain dew ban i India???? I am from India and i drink mountain dew 7 to 8 times a day when playing rainbow six siege so STFU and get your facts straight

  2. NO nutritional value in pasteurized milk!! You start losing nutrients at 120 degrees and ALL is completely lost at 180 degrees. The dairy industry lobbied legislatures to outlaw raw milk because there is no way to produce and distribute it in massive volumes safely…FORCING everyone to purchase nutritionless and valuless processed milk as the only option. To make it illegal to keep local producers from providing raw milk in small scale is outrageous. It's all about the money for a select few…with our health at peril.

  3. I actually contacted a Pepsico rep about the whole BVO thingy. The rep told me it's used to keep the citrus from settling on the bottom of the bottle/can. I'm like-WHAT!! She also claimed that there's not enough of it in the ingredients to "harm" anyone. Okaaaaay. BVO is a FLAME RETARDANT!! Hello!? ANY amount is dangerous! Let the citrus settle on the bottom…oh well.

  4. We had our own dairy goats and drank our milk raw.

    However, if you aren't absolutely sure the animal and milk equipment are kept in very clean conditions and the animals are very healthy (tested for brucellosis, wormed regularly with proper pump and dump procedures, and vaccinated against all illnesses) don't drink it! The very young, the very old, or people that are immunocompromised should NOT drink unpasteurised milk as the are less likely to be able to fight off any pathogens in raw milk.

  5. Bullshit. They did it because tuberculosis and Listeria are passed thru milk. The main reason people rarely get tuberculosis any more is because of pasteurized milk. And I know of a dairy farm where people live for short times and drink raw milk but eventually people get severe diarrhea from it containing bacteria and then they are more careful for a while. I lived there for a month. Dairy cows are stupid dirty animals that cover themselves in their own excrement if they can. They are cleaned off, the equipment is kept as clean as it can be, but cows are filthy animals. It's good that milk is pasteurized in spite of it changing the taste. Yes, it does taste different raw vs pasteurized. Raw milk tastes more like grass, in a good way.

  6. I used to drink raw cows milk all of the time when I was a kid. And nothing happen to me. Mainly because the raw milk came from my grandfather's cows. Which was very safe to drink their milk. As well as eating their meat.

  7. I remember going to Thailand and EATING SHARK FIN. I was sad and mad because it tastes like nothing and it hurts animals. Even though sharks do attack and usually treat us like prey, that doesn't mean that we have to eat their fins.

  8. America and Canada Health authorities also Ban Black (Blood) Pudding and White (Hogs (Made the same as Black but without the Blood)) Again because it uses Pigs Offal and Blood

  9. All banning horse slaughter did was result in the same amount of horses being slaughtered, but now they are forced to ride 24+ hours in crowded trailers to Mexico, Canada, or overseas where we now cannot oversee the welfare of our own animals. Oh, and all the ones dumped to starve to death. Way to go, US.

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