Oh the treacherous world of breakfast cereals, those deceptively innocent boxes that line the shelves of our supermarkets. While scrolling through video reels, I’ve recently stumbled a disturbing claim that Honey Bunches of Oats (HBoO) and multiple other breakfast cereals were banned in Japan over health safety concerns. After looking this up and verifying the claim was legitimate I even tossed and unopened box of HBoO.
Honey Bunches of BHT & CANCER
The truth about Honey Bunches of Oats and its scandalous exile from the land of the rising sun does not result from it being a morning sugar bomb. Instead the breakfast ban is due to a preservative known as BHT, this Butylated Hydroxytoluene lurking in our cereal, has potential links to causing cancer.
Where do we, the brave American consumers, stand in the face of this shocking revelation? Blindsided by A shiny picture on an otherwise innocent looking box and the product approval from our ever trusted FDA that’s where. Should we be eyeing our whole pantry with suspicion, considering the hush-hush banishment of various American food items from European shores as well?
JAPAN IS NOT ALONE
Additionally, while we chomp down on our goodies, our European counterparts are saying no thank you too some of our other prized snacks. Are we seeing a trend, is the FDA serious about protecting the safety of American consumers? Or are they beholden to the profit markets or the various corporate entities comprising our ever shifting food pyramid.
NBC WHTR 13 – Author: Julia Moffitt – Published: 7:44 AM EST February 27, 2023
BHT – CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21
Why the FDA turns a blind eye to products that trigger alarm bells in other nations? These agencies are made up of diligent scientists and experts whose priority is ensuring our safety aren’t they?
Sure, the differences in food regulations between countries might suggest varying levels of caution or perhaps differing scientific opinions. But wouldn’t it be comforting to see consistent health safety regulation across the globe when it comes to food serious health risks? Instead, we’re left pondering why certain ingredients are deemed safe here while raising eyebrows elsewhere.
While having a global food regulatory agency sounds like a bad idea, perhaps a global set of standards might be an idea to pursue. Not only for breakfast cereals but for all gametes of the food industry. Until that time comes , perhaps we should start questioning what’s in those seemingly harmless flakes and loops that power our mornings.
Until we get some clarity on whether our breakfasts are boosting our energy or secretly plotting our demise, perhaps it’s time to explore the world of oatmeal and fresh fruit. Or is the oatmeal even safe given the glyphosate bath it takes like many other grains used in popular breakfast cereals?