Ever Wondered How Many Food Additives Indians Consume That Are Banned In Other Countries?

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There are many chemicals and additives that India allows in its snacks, cold drinks and packaged foods that other countries have banned because they are not healthy. It’s just not potassium bromate that’s being added in our breads. There’s a lot more India needs to ban soon:

Artificial food dyes

It is practically found in every possible thing from cakes to sports drinks and even candies. It is basically made from chemicals derived from petroleum and you will be surprised to know that the same chemical is used to make gasoline, diesel fuel and tar. Artificial dyes can cause brain cancer, cell damage and even hyperactivity in children. These dyes are banned in Norway, Finland, Austria, UK, France but certainly not in India.

Olestra 

This chemical helps to lower the calorie count and is mostly used in foods like chips and french fries. It can have a harmful effect on the body like vitamin depletion. It is banned in the UK and Canada.

Potassium Bromate

A perfect chemical to give that amazing look and texture to your breads but is extremely harmful for the kidneys and nervous system. It is strictly banned in Europe, Canada and China.

Azodicarbonamide

Majorly used to clean foamed plastic it used in yoga mats and the soles of many sports shoes. This chemical is known to induce asthma. It is banned in the UK, Australia and many European countries.

BHA and BHT

This is a waxy preservative; you can find it in instant mashed potatoes, butter, chips, cereals, preserved meat, chewing gums and other foods. BHA and BHT are believed to be safe in low doses, but there are foods available without them as well. It is banned in the UK, Japan and many other European countries.

Arsenic

Arsenic is like a slow poison. Though White basmati rice from California and India have much lower arsenic levels than other types. It is advisable to try some alternative grains like quinoa, barley and bulgur wheat to avoid arsenic. It is banned only in the European Union.

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