Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, aka Dr. BCW. Today, I want to discuss banned foods. There are some popular candies and snacks available in the US that might not make it to the shelves of other countries. As Halloween approaches, it’s essential to know why certain foods, especially our favorite treats, are banned elsewhere.
Recently, a startling trend has emerged. Many US foods have been banned from international shelves due to additives such as brominated vegetable oil (BVO), potassium bromate, propylparaben, and the infamous red dye No. 3.
Why Are These Additives a Concern?
Predominantly found in certain sodas, BVO is associated with skin irritations. Long-term exposure has been linked to headaches, memory loss, and even reproductive issues. Discontinued by giants like Coke and Pepsi, years ago, it remains prevalent in smaller brands. Notably, as of October 2023, California has banned foods containing BVO, with New York considering a similar move.
This chemical, primarily used in baked goods to improve texture, has been flagged as a potential carcinogen. Its usage has led to bans in several countries, including the UK, Canada, and the EU. California goes a step further by mandating warning labels on foods containing it.
Propylparaben is an anti-fungal, anti-microbial agent. It is used in everything from cosmetics to lotions to foods and baked goods. Alarmingly, it’s been linked to reproductive health issues in both genders.
Red Dye No. 3
Red Dye No. 3 is a common ingredient in both cosmetics and foods. In fact, it is estimated to be in over 3,000 foods. This dye was banned from lipsticks in the ’90s due to cancer risks. A recent Californian study also linked it to behavioral problems, leading brands like Peeps to discontinue its use by 2024.
While the thrill of Halloween centers around spooky costumes and candy hauls, it’s crucial to be aware of what we’re consuming. Of course, many of us have grown up eating these additives without immediate harm, continual exposure might be detrimental.
In conclusion, as you indulge in the Halloween festivities, remember to make informed choices for both you and your family.
Stay informed and prioritize your health!
– Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)