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    • Why are some foods that seem to be carcinogenic available in the USA but Europe seems to know or at least regulate better?

      I am teased for being a health nut so I worry about things like this. I personally eat very few processed foods so most of this is not critical to me. But I worry about other people (especially family and friends) eating food that is probably carcinogenic.

      Are the huge food conglomerates keeping our government from banning these? If it is not government then what is causing this and why aren't we being told?

    • I wonder if additives that far down the ingredient list really have much impact. They have scary-sounding chemical names for sure and the words banned in Europe make them sound dangerous, but are they? The cancer rates in the U.S. are comparable to Europe.

      My hunch is what appears higher in the ingredient list is what has more influence, explaining why Europe, the U.S., and Australia/New Zealand lead the world in cancer rates by a very big margin over poorer countries. I suspect it's the rich diet we love whereas poor countries that have much lower cancer rates live on rice & beans, vegetables and fruit.

    • Interesting question about how high on the list the "bad" ingredients might be. But also raises the question of how much of the ingredient does it take to promote cancer? Might not be too much.

    • I was looking at the World Cancer Research Fund's guidelines to avoid cancer:

      Be a healthy weight
      Be physically active
      Eat a diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and beans
      Limit consumption of 'fast foods' and other processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars
      Limit consumption of red and processed meat
      Limit consumption of sugar sweetened drinks
      Limit alcohol consumption
      Do not use supplements for cancer prevention
      For mothers: breastfeed your baby, if you can

      It might be the additives you found that are banned in Europe make food more tasty and lead to higher weight. Also, they may be in processed foods in the highest amounts, which are associated with cancer. So you may be right.

    • I don't know if I am right or not but it is too bad that in America we take the risk without notifying folks of the dangers. I know, people should know by now to eat more fruits and veggies, but at least they are told that. To be in the dark about eating foods with known carcinogens is awful.

    • I just found a new article about unhealthy food (actually beverages) and posted it on Cake. American junk food companies are influencing China's nutrition policy. So this is going even further in regards to American food companies. Besides using carcinogens in their products they are deceiving people about how to be healthy, promoting exercise instead of a healthy diet.