These 5 common American foods are banned in other countries

By: Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Foods we eat every day are packed with ingredients that could carry nasty, and potentially harmful side effects, yet they're allowed in the United States.

Many of our favorite foods like boxed mac and cheese, cereals, baked goods and candy contain artificial food dyes.

These particular foods have been linked to brain cancer and hyperactivity in children.

The zero-calorie fat substitute olestra, found in fat-fee potato chips as been linked to gastrointestinal problems.

Potassium bromate, found in breads, wraps and bagel chips is a food additive that bleaches the dough and makes it more elastic.

The harmful chemical is associated with kidney and nervous system damage, as well as cancer.

Farmed salmon are primarily raised on an unnatural diet of grains and antibiotics which turns their flesh into a grey color.

They're only pink after they're pumped with more chemicals.

And finally azodicarbonamide. It's found in frozen dinners and boxed pasta mixes and has been known to induce asthma.

Although these ingredients are banned in other countries, keep in mind different countries have different rules when it comes to food.

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