Once again, a common snack in the States isn’t allowed to darken the store shelves of European countries, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Again the culprit is BHT, a preservative that is often found in dry foods such as potato chips or crackers. Wheat Thins aren’t exactly either of those things, but they’re close enough. BHT helps keep foods shelf-stable and safe until the package is opened, but it’s also been connected to a number of health risks.
Large doses can irritate the skin and lungs and also increase the chance of cancer and infertility. Foods with BHT are allowed in the states due to limited evidence supporting these claims, but plenty of countries have called the claims good enough to stop Wheat Thins from appearing on store shelves.
Stove Top Stuffing
Folks in the States are fond of their stovetop stuffing, which is as simple and easy to make as it is delicious. Still, that convenience has a downside: the chemicals BHA and BHT are both found inside Kraft’s version of this product, and both of them can have some potentially negative downsides. The chemicals act as antioxidants and preservatives in processed foods, but both could be potential carcinogens.
Because of the potential risks, the United Kingdom, Japan, and a number of countries in Europe have said no, which means that Kraft’s Stove Top stuffing isn’t available, more’s the pity. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make stuffing on your own without resorting to the boxed varieties. All you need is some bread and spices and stuff, it’s not that hard. Maybe some chicken broth.
Too many kids and adults in America, when they hear about crackers, they think of Ritz. The small, round, buttery crackers are great as a snack or part of a plate of treats. And yet there are a number of countries – Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, and Denmark – that say nay to these little guys. Their reasoning is that one of the ingredients, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, has become a little controversial.
While it might have some health benefits, it seems there are enough risks to outweigh the good. It contains gossypol, a natural toxin that has been linked to things like damaged livers and even infertility. Unrefined cottonseed oil is a natural pesticide, and even refined cottonseed oil isn’t free from some destructive qualities. It also has with it high levels of saturated fats.
Cheese is wonderful and amazing, and anybody who doesn’t think so needs to sit down and figure out why they’re so wrong. It appears on all sorts of dishes, in sandwiches, and we hear that some people even put it on apple pie. We’re not here to judge. In Europe, unpasteurized cheese has become more popular thanks to the rising enjoyment of charcuterie boards, but people in the United States will have to stick with pasteurized varieties.
Old studies still show that unpasteurized cheese can make people severely ill, though this only really applies to pregnant women and those with lactose intolerance. There are many cheeses available to Americans, thankfully, so despite the reports' inaccuracy, they have many options for their next get-togethers.
Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix
Betty Crocker is the common go-to if you have guests coming over and need a treat. Never has making a pan of brownies been so easy! But we’re afraid that this mixture uses a couple of things to keep it from going bad before the big day. Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils are the culprits here, and they mean you can’t find the mixes in Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, or Denmark.
It’s because of the countries taking a long, hard look at unhealthy things like trans fats or saturated fats. Both of the listed ingredients have those in spades. They’ve also been shown to coincide with higher cholesterol, which isn’t something most people are interested in getting. Families in these countries will just have to whip up brownies out of the basics.