citrus soda

You know what else I don’t get about ADHD? We have to go through hell and back and bounce between doctors and psychologists for months to get diagnosed but once you do your doctor just writes you a prescription without any advice and without bothering to tell you that

  • you’re not supposed to eat grapefruit when taking ADHD medication
  •  you can’t eat or drink citrus fruit, soda, Gatorade, and anything carbonated an hour before and after taking your medication 
  • you should monitor your heart rate if you take the decongestant psuedophedrine when you have adderall in your system because it also has the side effect of increased heart rate 
  • you should really avoid caffeine when on adderall (haha I know we’re all hooked on caffeine) but lots of people with add feel like they need to be drinking a “study beverage” like coffee/energy drinks constantly while working. Give your adderall the 1-3 hours it needs to kick in before you do this, drink a placebo beverage like decaf tea instead

I’m not a pharmacist, none of this is medical advice, but as the girl who used to start her day with a whole grapefruit and glass of orange juice… I wish I’d known this. I got more instructions for my strep throat medication then I ever got for adderall.

Hi! So I got an ask for me to do a follow forever and here we are, this includes friends, people with amazing stories, gorgeous edits and blogs that shock me with their creativeness. Overall, every single one of them are talented as hell, so without further ado (and wow there a lot of you): 

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@aandidas@aestheticxsimmer@ambrosiay@annaisntcreative @andromeda-sims@bananahut@beverlyallitsims@blarffy@bottsbotts@bratsims@brokesims ♡ @cactuscreeks ♡ @callmepxel @cherrygrapesims@cinemasims@citrus-soda@complicite 

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@daniparadise@dank-owski@delphini-sims@eefahsims@fakefleur ♡ @femmesim@furiouslydecaffinated 

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@gerbitshi@glitchysims@inabadromance@inquisitive-simmer@itssimplesimblr 

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@josiesimblr@keeksim@kismet-sims@kkelpcake@kotiij@lovearound5am ♡ @lunarian-sim

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@maimouth@malcolmlandgraab ♡ @mediocrewoohoo@momobunniisims@moodypixels@mysimblruniverse@mysteriousdane@nadehzdia@neopixiesims@nervous—subject@nicotinc@noonicorn @nullmoonsims@numinousxsims@ohare-lane@ohhiplumbob@our-dazed-sims 

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@pastrypixels@peonypyxels@pixel-moons ♡ @pleasejustcallmerose@qvoix@randomcoffeesimmer@recklessims 

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@sandy-sims@sammyshuno@shysimblr@shook-sims@sim-bubble ♡ @simkath@simmyhymns@simmister@simreject@simsomedia@simssprout@simsy-baby@simtrovart@simwithsparkles@smol-sims@soft-almond@soleilsim@soulfulsim@stardust-sims@stephanine-sims@straycomet 

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@tea-sims@theartofqueenie@thefoxandhersimblr@tigresssimmer@tiredtoothache@tranquilitysims@ughplumb

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@vividlore@wanderlust-sims@westerosims@winterbjorn@wrixles@wyattssims@zauglom 

it’s more than likely that I’ve forgotten some people but even if I have, you’re super talented and no doubt about it I love your posts!!

soleilsim’s follow forever list!

you did not ask for it but i gave it to you anyway!! pls follow these blogs they are qualiTY

special simblr bff shout out:
@eefahsims

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@blackthornsims @blarffy @blursims @bratsims @butternutgnocchi @cabsim @cactuscreeks @cat-nerd-sims @cellblocksimmer @citrontart @citrus-soda @complicite @cupidjuice

d-f:
@drunkpixels @eefahsims (again) @ellowynsims @fakefleur @flamedeyes @foxbie

g-i:
@ghardenia

j-l:
@kabunasims @keeksim @kismet-sims @kkelpcake @kotiij @littlellamas

m-o:
@malcolmlandgraab @maromii @maxvillareal @meisiu @mishbli @nadehzdia @nadinemaee @nerdbiscuits @nervous—subject @nooboos @noonicorn @ohare-lane @ohthesefaces @omniplant @our-dazed-sims 

p-r:
@pennypixies @pillowcreek @pleasejustcallmerose @pxeldude

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@sammyshuno @sandy-sims @saucysims @shysimblr @simonmars @simprising @simreject @sims-creations @simsomedia @simstellation @simtrovart @soft-almond @squeamishsimmer @straycomet @strawberrymark @stephanine-sims @surprisepeach @sycsh 

t-v:
@tea-sims @thecactus @thesadnesshotline @udonsims @unicorninthemosh @vividlore

w-z:
@winterbjorn @wrenpity @wyattssims

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HAPPY PRIDE MONTH EVERYONE!!! 

Hello Beautiful People!!!!

For Pride Month, a group of friends and I did a collab and it is so beautiful! Of course everyone and every sexuality is not represented but this is for anyone and everyone out there!!

Credit below! Go follow these beautiful human beings!

Gay Pride Flag: @citrus-soda

Pansexual Pride Flag: @tickledsims

Lesbian Pride Flag: @solarsimms

Bisexual Pride Flag: @batsysims @elizasimmerblr

Transgender Pride Flag: @pxelsunrise

simwithsparkles  asked:

This is an appreciation post ! Here are the rules : ☁ tag at least 3 small not-so-famous simblrs and tell us why you think they're underrated ☁ tag at least 3 of your most active followers and tell us why you love them ☁ tag at least 3 blogs you're not mutual with but would like to ☁ Pass it on to at least 3 of your tumblr friends !

Small Simblrs (please don’t get offended

@udonsims: Her legacy is so cute and I enjoy every post she makes!

@missfaithproductions: Girl, she’s amazing. She always makes me smile and her posts are bomb af.

@citrus-soda: They are honestly the cutest lil’ thing ever! We are bffs and forever will be!!

Active Followers

@shaysimmer15xx: I’m not even kidding, she likes every single one of my posts. I can always count on her support and she deserves all the good in the world.

@sage-pie: Me and her have been mutuals for quite a while now and she is so welcoming and super sweet!! Her edits are so good and her cute legacy is so fun!!

@simseternity: When I first began this blog, she was one of the first people I followed. She’s sweet and kind and amazing. Her edits are also bomb af and I absolutely love this girly.

Want To Be Mutuals

@early-grape @inabadromance @grimcookies

a brief description of the signs

ARIES

Loves the color red, laughs often. Sometimes wear the same pair of jeans two days in a row. Favorite food is anything spicy. Can groove to a good jam.

GEMINI

Good natured heart. Only fights when it is not started by them. Never leaves their phone behind. Enjoys cool colors like greens, blues, and greys. Favorite food is pizza.

TAURUS

Cold weather is their natural habitat. Never tries to ruin anyone’s day. Dresses well. Shy and keeps to oneself. Prefers the color blue. Favorite food is any icecream.

CANCER

Sweet natured, often playing with their hair. Quiet and held back, but can be rude. Sociable when they find comfort among their peers. Pink or orange are their colors. Loves to eat fruity stuff.

LEO

Everything they love is yellow, that’s their spirit color. Committed and pride bound. They love to read or just sit and think. Emotional most often. Likes to munch on sandwiches or crackers.

VIRGO

Can be intimidating. Push them over the limit and they will show no emotion, but rather they just talk endlessly about how they feel. Fruity alcoholic beverages are their thing. Light green and purple are their colors.

LIBRA

Flirtatious and caring. Bad temper and loses friends because of it. Food of any kind makes a Libra happy. Enjoys the colors red, black, and magenta.

SCORPIO

Learning is what they love. Try as they may, they are not very athletic. Vanilla anything—they want it. Contagious smile and laugh. Always a good time, but can be overpoweringly happy at times. Hopelessly dreaming about their desires.

SAGITTARIUS

Quaint traits, excitable at heart, and passionate about love. Never have they not loved something or someone. Warm weather is what they want—that, and burgers. Lazy dressers, but they don’t give a crap.

CAPRICORN

Sunsets, tulips, crunchy dead leaves. Wears the glasses with no frame wire on the bottom of the lenses. Sports, even though they may not enjoy them entirely. Grey and green are their favorite colors. Chinese takeout, they could eat for days.

AQUARIUS

Love to kiss and tell. Attention and laughter is what they seek most. Glittery binder, bright colored cardigans, bubble baths with music turned up loud. Loves pink and blue. Sweet food is their daily obsession.

PISCES

Family comes first with these hardy beings. Could sleep for days, but they want to shop more. Quirky on the inside, bland on the outside. Wears a lot of black. Loves citrus soda and hot pockets. Fuchsia and Aqua are their spirit colors.

FOODS FOR INJURED STOMACHS

WHETHER IT’S CRAZY HEARTBURN OR THE ULTIMATE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER, SOMETIMES A WARRIOR NEEDS SOME CHILL FOOD TO GET THEM THROUGH A ROUGH STOMACH DAY. 

FIRST OF ALL, IM NOT A FUCKING DOCTOR. IF YOUR DOC SAYS ‘ONLY EAT SMOOTHIES AND JELLO’ THEN GODDAMN IT, OBEY THAT DEGREE’D MOTHERFUCKER. 

LETS START WITH THE BASIC BRO. 

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Gravity Falls Inspired mixed drinks

Mabel Juice: 1.5 ounces vodka (preferably cherry flavored, but whatever floats your boat), 0.5 ounces of lime juice (fresh or bottled is fine), 0.5 ounces of cherry juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries), 4-6 ounces of lime/citrus soda (sprite, 7 up, mello yellow, ect…) Toss together in a glass, garnish with lime wedge, maraschino cherries, and fake ice cubes in the shape of your choosing.

Pitt Cola Suckerpunch: 1.5-2 ounces vodka, 1.5-2 ounces Peach schnapps, 1.5-2 ounces Sunny D, 0.5 ounces peach or club soda. Stir that shit together in a huge glass, then add ice (a peach pit is an optional garnish but encouraged)

CorduROYALTY: equal amounts of apple juice and the apple schnapps of your choice. Mix it, use a funnel to get it into a flask, and then drink it out of the flask because you’re a fucking hipster.

Hunkle Stan: Mix 1 part Jack Daniels whiskey to every three parts root beer. Be prepared to be knocked flat on your ass by this old geezer.

The Foxy Grandpa: Make a gin and tonic (gin and tonic water, in whatever amount you think tastes best- start with the water and go from there). Add a bit of sweetened lime juice (once again, to your taste, but I’d go with about a tablespoon), then turn on the blacklights and watch that fucker glow.

Soos-shake: 2 ounces Bailey’s Irish cream, 1 ounce chocolate liqueur, 2 scoops of vanilla or coffee ice cream, a couple squirts of chocolate syrup. Blend everything together until smooth, drink it up while it’s cool.

Dipstick: Mix one part Verdi Spumante to every one part of the fruit juice of your choice (I’d recommend cranberry juice or blood orange juice but do whatever you like). For extra pizzaz, try using sparkling juice. It may not be a strong drink, but it sure is tasty!

Valentino: One part black vodka to every two parts cherry coke. You can use regular vodka but it won’t be as dark as your soul if you do that. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

Poor Little Rich Girl: 3 ounces white wine, 2 ounces lemonade, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1 ounce cranberry soda. Mix together, drink chilled out of a nice wine glass because you’re fancy.

That Yellow Gentleman: mix 2 ounces of vodka to every 1 ounce of lemonade + 1 ounce of orange juice. Serve in a triangular martini glass.

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Sorry guys Looneymoon has possessed all your OCs

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Click on the images to find out who’s who!

Part 1|Part 2

AHAHAHAHA This was so much fun!!! Here’s the list of the randomly picked OCs on this one:

http://susie-queen-of-the-vampireponies.tumblr.com/

http://ask-glittershell.tumblr.com/

http://ask-frigiddrift.tumblr.com/

http://ayasha-the-pony.tumblr.com/

http://askbubblepop.tumblr.com/ 

http://ask-teenage-pipsqueak.tumblr.com/ 

http://lovestruck-replies.tumblr.com/ 

http://timthetimehopper.tumblr.com/ 

http://thecherrysodaaskblog.tumblr.com/ 

http://askcherryknot.tumblr.com/ 

http://ask-cutixpony.tumblr.com/ 

http://ask-wiggles.tumblr.com/ 

http://citrus-sweet-replies.tumblr.com/

(1-4) Artificial coloring agents blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6

These are found in an array of processed food items including cake and cake mixes, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese, artificial dyes are used to make foods to seem more visually appealing to consumers. Don’t be fooled, however. “Today most artificial colors are made from coal tar, which is also used to seal-coat products to preserve and protect the shine of industrial floors… It also appears in head lice shampoos to kill off the small bugs.” How yummy.


(5) Olestra/Olean

This chemical additive is found in fat-free potato chips, “this fat substitute appears to cause a dramatic depletion of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids, robbing us of the vital micro-nutrients.” For this reason, many countries, including the U.K. and Canada, have banned it. It has been dubbed one of “The Worst 50 Inventions” by TIME.


(6 & 7) BHA and BHT

These chemicals are found in cereal, nut mixes/trail mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer. California is the only state that recognizes the U.S. National Institute of Health’s report that BHA is may be a human carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent.


(8) Azodicarbonamide

This chemical additive is found in breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods. While most countries wait a week for flour to naturally whiten, American food companies prefer to use this chemical to bleach the flour ASAP. This chemical has been linked to asthma and is primarily used in foamed plastics, like yoga mats and sneaker soles.


(9) Arsenic

Yep, Arsenic. It is added to chicken feed to promote growth, improve efficiency in feeding the birds, and boost pigmentation, which gives them the appearance of being more healthy and fresher. The chemical ends up in the final product, the conveniently packaged poultry found in a grocery store near you. The EU has outlawed the use of arsenic since 1999. Though the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies inorganic arsenic as a “human carcinogen,” it is still allowed to be used in chicken feed.


(10 & 11) Synthetic hormones rBGH and rBST

These synthetic hormones are found in milk and dairy products because they are injected in cows to boost milk production by about 10 percent. As with arsenic, these hormones end up in the final product and eventually in the consumer. The milk is supercharged with IGF-1 (insulin growth factor -1), which has been linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancers. (Read more about these hormones here.)


(12) Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour)

This chemical additive is found in rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips. It helps strengthen dough which reduces the amount of time needed for baking, lowering overall costs. It has been associated with kidney and nervous system disorders as well as gastrointestinal discomfort. Strangely, “while the FDA has not banned the use of bromated flour, they do urge bakers to voluntarily leave it out.” Furthermore, bromine is a poisonous chemical that is considered both corrosive and toxic and has been linked to major organ system damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia, and hearing loss, which explains why it’s been nixed in more than 100 countries.


(13) Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO)

This chemical additive is found in sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas since it prevents the flavoring from separating and floating to the surface of these beverages. “Because it competes with iodine for receptor sites in the body, elevated levels of the stuff may lead to thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, and cancer.”

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10 American Foods that are Banned in Other Countries

Americans are slowly waking up to the sad fact that much of the food sold in the US is far inferior to the same foods sold in other nations. In fact, many of the foods you eat are BANNED in other countries.

Here, I’ll review 10 American foods that are banned elsewhere.

Seeing how the overall health of Americans is so much lower than other industrialized countries, you can’t help but wonder whether toxic foods such as these might play a role in our skyrocketing disease rates.

BANNED FOODS
#1: Milk and Dairy Products Laced with rBGH

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. RBGH is a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto developed the recombinant version from genetically engineered E. coli bacteria and markets it under the brand name “Posilac.”

It’s injected into cows to increase milk production, but it is banned in at least 30 other nations because of its dangers to human health, which include an increased risk for colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer by promoting conversion of normal tissue cells into cancerous ones. Non-organic dairy farms frequently have rBGH-injected cows that suffer at least 16 different adverse health conditions, including very high rates of mastitis that contaminate milk with pus and antibiotics.

Where it’s banned: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, EU and Canada

“According to the American Cancer Society, the increased use of antibiotics to treat this type of rBGH-induced inflammation ‘does promote the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but the extent to which these are transmitted to humans is unclear,’” the featured article states.

Many have tried to inform the public of the risks of using this hormone in dairy cows, but their attempts have been met with overwhelming opposition by the powerful dairy and pharmaceutical industries, and their government liaisons. In 1997, two Fox-affiliate investigative journalists, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, attempted to air a program exposing the truth about the dangers of rBGH. Lawyers for Monsanto, a major advertiser with the Florida network, sent letters promising “dire consequences” if the story aired.

Despite decades of evidence about the dangers of rBGH, the FDA still maintains it’s safe for human consumption and ignores scientific evidence to the contrary. In 1999, the United Nations Safety Agency ruled unanimously not to endorse or set safety standards for rBGH milk, which has effectively resulted in an international ban on US milk.4 The Cancer Prevention Coalition, trying for years to get the use of rBGH by the dairy industry banned, resubmitted a petition to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, in January 2010.5 Although the FDA stubbornly sticks to its position that milk from rBGH-treated cows is no different than milk from untreated cows, this is just plain false and is not supported by science. The only way to avoid rBGH is to look for products labeled as “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH.”



#2: Genetically Engineered Papaya

Most Hawaiian papaya is now genetically engineered to be resistant to ringspot virus. Mounting research now shows that animals fed genetically engineered foods, such as corn and soy, suffer a wide range of maladies, including intestinal damage, multiple-organ damage, massive tumors, birth defects, premature death, and near complete sterility by the third generation of offspring. Unfortunately, the gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties.

Where it’s banned: The European Union

Unfortunately, it’s clear that the US government is not in a position to make reasonable and responsible decisions related to genetically engineered foods at this point, when you consider the fact that the Obama administration has placed former Monsanto attorney and Vice President, Michael Taylor, in charge of US food safety, and serious conflicts of interest even reign supreme within the US Supreme Court! That’s right. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is also a former Monsanto attorney, but refuses to acknowledge any conflict of interest.

#3: Ractopamine-Tainted Meat

The beta agonist drug ractopamine (a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis) was recruited for livestock use when researchers found that the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular. This reduces the overall fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is currently used in about 45 percent of US pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys are pumped full of this drug in the days leading up to slaughter. Up to 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket, according to veterinarian Michael W. Fox.

Where it’s banned: 160 countries across Europe, Russia, mainland China and Republic of China (Taiwan)

Since 1998, more than 1,700 people have been “poisoned” from eating pigs fed the drug, and ractopamine is banned from use in food animals in no less than 160 different countries due to its harmful health effects! Effective February 11, 2013, Russia issued a ban on US meat imports, slated to last until the US agrees to certify that the meat is ractopamine-free. At present, the US does not even test for the presence of this drug in meats sold. In animals, ractopamine is linked to reductions in reproductive function, increase of mastitis in dairy herds, and increased death and disability. It’s also known to affect the human cardiovascular system, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, and may cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes.

Read about the benefits of grass-fed beef compared to standard feed lot beef.



#4: Flame Retardant Drinks

If you live in the US and drink Mountain Dew and some other citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks, then you are also getting a dose of a synthetic chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which was originally patented by chemical companies as a flame retardant.

BVO has been shown to bioaccumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and animal studies have found it causes reproductive and behavioral problems in large doses. Bromine is a central nervous system depressant, and a common endocrine disruptor. It’s part of the halide family, a group of elements that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. When ingested, bromine competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. This can lead to iodine deficiency, which can have a very detrimental impact on your health. Bromine toxicity can manifest as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue, and cardiac arrhythmias.

Where it’s banned: Europe and Japan

According to the featured article:

“The FDA has flip-flopped on BVO’s safety originally classifying it as ‘generally recognized as safe’ but reversing that call now defining it as an ‘interim food additive’ a category reserved for possibly questionable substances used in food.”

#5: Processed Foods Containing Artificial Food Colors and Dyes

More than 3,000 food additives — preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients — are added to US foods, including infant foods and foods targeted to young children. Meanwhile, many of these are banned in other countries, based on research showing toxicity and hazardous health effects, especially with respect to adverse effects on children’s behavior. For example, as reported in the featured article:

“Boxed Mac & Cheese, cheddar flavored crackers, Jell-O and many kids’ cereals contain red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6 and/or blue 2, the most popularly-used dyes in the United States. Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that some dyes are also “contaminated with known carcinogens.”

Where it’s banned: Norway and Austria. In 2009, the British government advised companies to stop using food dyes by the end of that year. The European Union also requires a warning notice on most foods containing dyes.

In countries where these food colors and dyes are banned, food companies like Kraft employ natural colorants instead, such as paprika extract, beetroot, and annatto. The food blogger and activist Vani Hari, better known as “Food Babe,” recently launched a Change.org petition2 asking Kraft to remove artificial dyes from American Mac & Cheese to protect American children from the well-known dangers of these dyes.

#6: Arsenic-Laced Chicken

Arsenic-based drugs are approved for use in animal feed in the US because they make animals grow quicker and make the meat appear pinker (i.e. “fresher”). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated these products are safe because they contain organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which is a known carcinogen.

Where it’s banned: The European Union

The problem is, scientific reports surfaced stating that the organic arsenic could transform into inorganic arsenic, which has been found in elevated levels in supermarket chickens. The inorganic arsenic also contaminates manure where it can eventually migrate into drinking water and may also be causing heightened arsenic levels in US rice.

In 2011, Pfizer announced it would voluntarily stop marketing its arsenic-based feed additive Roxarsone, but there are still several others on the market. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the FDA calling for their removal from the market. In the European Union, meanwhile, arsenic-based compounds have never been approved as safe for animal feed.

#7: Bread with Potassium Bromate

You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours. The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.

Where it’s banned: Canada, China and the EU

Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However, Pepperidge Farm and other successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.” Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies potassium bromate as a possible carcinogen.



#8: Olestra/Olean

Olestra, aka Olean, created by Procter & Gamble, is a calorie- and cholesterol-free fat substitute used in fat-free snacks like chips and French fries. Three years ago, Time Magazine3 named it one of the worst 50 inventions ever, but that hasn’t stopped food companies from using it to satisfy people’s mistaken belief that a fat-free snack is a healthier snack. According to the featured article:

“Not only did a 2011 study from Purdue University conclude rats fed potato chips made with Olean gained weight, there have been several reports of adverse intestinal reactions to the fake fat including diarrhea, cramps and leaky bowels. And because it interferes with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, the FDA requires these vitamins be added to any product made with Olean or olestra.”

Where it’s banned: The UK and Canada

#9: Preservatives BHA and BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are commonly used preservatives that can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer, just to name a few. BHA is known to cause cancer in rats, and may be a cancer-causing agent in humans as well. In fact, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Toxicology Program’s 2011 Report on Carcinogens, BHA “is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity, while BHT can cause organ system toxicity.

Where it’s banned: The UK doesn’t allow BHA in infant foods. BHA and BHT are also banned in parts of the European Union and Japan.

#10: Farm-Raised Salmon

If you want to maximize health benefits from fish, you want to steer clear of farmed fish, particularly farmed salmon fed dangerous chemicals. Wild salmon gets its bright pinkish-red color from natural carotenoids in their diet. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, are raised on a wholly unnatural diet of grains (including genetically engineered varieties), plus a concoction of antibiotics and other drugs and chemicals not shown to be safe for humans.

This diet leaves the fish with unappetizing grayish flesh so to compensate, they’re fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals, which has not been approved for human consumption and has well known toxicities. According to the featured article, some studies suggest it can potentially damage your eyesight. More details are available in yesterday’s article.

Where it’s banned: Australia and New Zealand

How can you tell whether a salmon is wild or farm-raised? The flesh of wild sockeye salmon is bright red, courtesy of its natural astaxanthin content. It’s also very lean, so the fat marks, those white stripes you see in the meat, are very thin. If the fish is pale pink with wide fat marks, the salmon is farmed.

Avoid Atlantic salmon, as typically salmon labeled “Atlantic Salmon” currently comes from fish farms. The two designations you want to look for are: “Alaskan salmon,” and “sockeye salmon,” as Alaskan sockeye is not allowed to be farmed. Please realize that the vast majority of all salmon sold in restaurants is farm raised.

So canned salmon labeled “Alaskan Salmon” is a good bet, and if you find sockeye salmon, it’s bound to be wild. Again, you can tell sockeye salmon from other salmon by its color; its flesh is bright red opposed to pink, courtesy of its superior astaxanthin content. Sockeye salmon actually has one of the highest concentrations of astaxanthin of any food.

Source: Mercola.com