It actually might be even over 80%, at least when compared to EU.
Just some examples:
1) Most GMO-containing foods
2) Milk and Beef due to used hormones/antibiotics, in EU all antibiotics are banned from farming.
3) Chicken due to same reasons + arsenic used when growing
4) Coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5 and yellow 6), which are common in cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet
food, and cheese
5) Olestra (aka Olean) found in fat-free potato chips
6) Brominated vegetable oil (aka BVO) which is found in sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas
7) Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour) which is ingredient in rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips
8) Azodicarbonamide found in reads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods
9) BHA and BHT in cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer
10) HCFS is highly regulated in EU, so not used in much products.
11) Many pesticides used in US are banned in EU.
Somebody mentioned of trying US products elsewhere. The thing is, these products have different recipe. We have a lot of same products that are in US,
from Coca Cola to Lays, Pringles, Snickers etc etc. Although European ones have different recipe. It tastes same, but the recipe is different
including healthier alternatives.
In USA everything is more of a business, even health care. In most European countries government pays for the universal health care. Of course the
money comes from taxes, although there is no private insurance and one does not have to pay extreme fees. Every month about 8-9% of my salary goes to
health care. I do not pay the taxes myself, this is done by the company. It is probably much less at the end than most US people are paying from
premium insurance. Also it covers absolutely anything. Maximum cost for seeing any doctor is 5 euros (7,5 dollars) including all the necessary tests.
In my opinion it is worth, and I am happy with the system, as I never have to worry about health costs, whatever happens to me.
Although if the obesity rates were similar to US, or there would be not so many banned substances, there would be far more health issues and it would
bankrupt the country, so the governments have more responsibility over serving the health of the people. In US at the end people themselves pay for
their treatment, round here it is different. Some tests, issues might cost far more than I actually put in the health system of my salary, although if
too many people had so high costs for health, it would bankrupt the country.
Another reasons for the bans is the weaker power of corporations. In US for banning something a link is often not enough, a 100% proof is required by
the corporations, who would lose from it and lawsuits come. Round here bans are often more precautionary. If there is a definete link, but no proof,
it is enough to ban something. At the end, you can not uncancer somebody, but you can unban the foods. If these were legal, the people who get
diseases can not held the company responsible for it, as it was legal at that point. I agree personally with how it is done round here, better safe
edit on 28-6-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)