7 American Pantry Staples that Are Banned in Other Countries

Photo by: Heather Neal
Carrageenan
I groaned out loud when I found this doozy hiding in my fridge. I unfailingly scrutinize labels when I buy almond milk for my son to make sure it doesn't contain ... more 
Photo by: Heather Neal
Carrageenan
I groaned out loud when I found this doozy hiding in my fridge. I unfailingly scrutinize labels when I buy almond milk for my son to make sure it doesn't contain carrageenan. I got so excited to find this coconut yogurt on sale that I forgot to look at the ingredient list. A seemingly natural ingredient which is derived from seaweed, carrageenan hides in processed foods like almond milk, coconut yogurt, broth, and condensed milk acting as a fat replacer. The European Union has banned carrageenan, but the US has not.

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Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:56 PM EST
I'm pretty good most of the time about providing my family with a variety of nutritious foods (even though I admittedly fall off the cooking wagon sometimes). But what about the quality of the foods or the hidden ingredients I don't always think of looking for because I'm so used to just grabbing certain things off the shelves? According to Fox News, Americans are eating a ton of the foods we shouldn't be, like farmed salmon and artificial food dyes. Not because they're high in sugar or salt or because they don't have enough vitamins, but because they're literally banned in other countries. It's nearly impossible to scrutinize every label with a toddler screaming for more pineapple samples or that he's "stuck stuck stuck" in the cart. I took a look around my kitchen and dug out some shockers I'm ashamed to admit I found.
-By Heather Neal

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