TAMPA BAY, FL (WAVE) - When navigating grocery store aisles, shoppers might never imagine there are foods containing the same ingredients used to make floors shine. One certified nutritionist, Mira Calton, and her husband, Jayson Calton, Ph.D., went on a six year expedition around the world studying ingredients that are forbidden by governments outside the United States but allowed in food here. What they found may be shocking.
"Kids eat macaroni and cheese all the time. You're eating cold tar," said Calton.
Red 40, blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, yellow 6—common in cake, candy, soda and more—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," said Calton.
Calton and her husband co-authored a book called Rich Food, Poor Food that is now in 6,000 grocery chains nationwide. Inside is an aisle by aisle guide to help American shoppers make good choices for their health and their budget.
She created a comprehensive list of the top 13 ingredients she found were repeatedly banned by other countries due to their detrimental effects on human health. They are ingredients found in bread, sports drinks, frozen dinners, gum, cereal and many other products common to a family's pantry.
Click here to read the list.