Popular foods contain chemicals banned in other countries, nutritionist finds

It's something many of us don't know when we head to the grocery store; there are foods that we eat that contain ingredients banned in other countries.

When you're navigating grocery store isles, you might never imagine that there are foods with the same ingredients used to make floors shine.

Red 40, blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6 are all banned in other countries.

"They found that when they got rid of those colors, attention deficit went away, grades went up and now they don't put them in anymore," says certified nutritionist

Mira Calton.

Ever wonder what might be in bread? Azodicarbonamide.

"Everybody overlooks it because they don't know what it means. It's the same ingredient in your sneaker sole,â?? says Calton.

Calton co-authored a book with her husband that is now in 6,000 grocery chains nationwide. Inside is an isle by isle guide to help you make safe choices. The duo is fighting to make food affordable.

"Manufactures only give you coupons for the junk foods, we want people to be able to afford to buy the healthier foods," says Carlton.

It took a six year expedition to 100 countries on seven continents to create the comprehensive list of the top 13 products that are forbidden by governments outside the US due to their detrimental effects on human health.

The 13 products , according to Shape Magazine are: coloring agents blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6; Olestra; Brominated vegetable oil; Potassium bromate; Azodicarbonamide; BHA and BHT; Synthetic hormones; and Arsenic.

(Information courtesy NBC News)

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