Many chemical food additives that are ingredients in popular American foods are banned in other countries.
A new book, "Rich Food, Poor Food," by Dr. Jayson Calton and Mira Calton includes a list of food additives that are legal per the Food and Drug Administration but are illegal abroad.
Different types of food coloring made from petroleum are found in American groceries such as soda, sports drinks, macaroni and cheese, cake and candy but are banned in Norway, Finland, France and Austria.
According to the book, chemicals in food coloring can cause various cancers and possibly damage DNA.
The chemical Olestra is found in Ruffles Lite, Lays Wow, Pringles fat-free chips, fat-free ice cream and mayonnaise, notes the Daily Mail.
However, Olestra is illegal in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Mountain Dew, Squirt and Fresca include brominated vegetable oil, which has been linked to forms of thyroid disease and is outlawed in more than 100 countries.
Brominated vegetable oil is also used to make some flatbreads, bagel chips, Baja Burrito wraps and other breads.
Azodicarbonamide, which is linked to asthma attacks, is included in Hungry Man frozen dinners and McCain french fries.
This chemical additive is banned in Australia, United Kingdom and in Singapore where the punishment is 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are illegal in Japan and England, but are reportedly used in Post, Kellogs and Quaker brand cereals, Diamond Nuts, Chex Mix, Wrigley's, Trident, Bazooka and Bubble Yum.
Source: Daily Mail