3 Common Foods You Need To Stop Eating Right Now
One important note for American readers: All of the following items on this list are fully legal in the United States. Food safety regulations in the United States are not nearly as rigorous as they are in other developed countries. For each item in this article, the countries where it is currently banned will be listed. You can help improve American food safety regulations by getting politically involved.
1. Meat and dairy from cows treated with rBGH
Many people don’t know it, but the about one in six cows in the United States are treated with recombinant bovine growth hormones, or rBGH. This is a synthetically produced version of the natural growth hormone in cows, bovine somatotropin. By injecting this synthesized hormone into the cow, the cow grows much faster and larger than it normally would, and it can also make dairy cows produce greater yield of milk per cow.
This may be good for business, but the problem is that traces of rBGH end up in the product that come from the animals treated with it. Multiple studies have shown how rBGH is linked to a higher chance of developing breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. The dairy cows treated with it are also at greater risk for mastitis, which produces infections in the udders and often result in pus contaminating the milk. rBGH is currently banned in Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, and all European Union countries.
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