Nowadays, it seems like you can buy just about anything, especially thanks to flea markets and the wide reach of the Internet. It’s so easy, in fact, that not everyone may realize that some of the things you might find online or in local markets are actually illegal. Here’s a list of things that you’ll want to avoid buying if you don’t want to tangle with the law.
Kinder Surprise (in Certain Countries)
That’s right: those chocolate eggs with toys inside are actually illegal in some parts of the world. In the United States, the eggs are banned thanks to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which bans toys and similar non-functional items to be in candy, and the FDA has officially declared the treats a choking hazard. Similarly, Chile has banned the egg in an attempt to fight obesity, stating that no highly caloric, sugary treat with large amounts of saturated fat can have a “commercial hook”… e.g. a toy. Kinder Surprise eggs remain legal in various parts of the world, including Spain, Mexico and Canada, but don’t try sneaking any across the border, as it can actually lead to a hefty fine.
SARMs (for Fitness)
If you’ve heard anybody mention SARMs as a “legal” alternative to anabolic steroids, then you’ve unfortunately been misled. SARMs are not approved by the FDA and are banned from most professional sports, so don’t expect to use it to give your game a boost. Even if you’re not working out professionally, SARMs are generally prohibited except if prescribed by a doctor or if used for laboratory research. Even if you’re thinking about where to buy sarms on the sly, you may want to reconsider: though less harmful than steroids, they are still linked to a number of diseases, including liver damage, strokes and heart attacks.
Certain Medications Sold Online (Without a Prescription)
While you technically can find web sites that sell finasteride and Valtrex pills, for instance, these and several other medications are prohibited to buy under most circumstances unless prescribed to you. Even if you can find a way to buy normally prescribed medications without running afoul of the law, you may want to reconsider doing so, if only for your health: some of these medications can have side effects, and a doctor can run tests to make sure no medication affects you adversely.
Sodium Cyclamate (in the United States)
If you were born after a certain date, you may find yourself scratching your head. Sodium cyclamate was the primary artificial sweetener used in products and could be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar itself. Yet in the 1970s, studies discovered that the sweetener had dangerous effects on laboratory rats when taken in high doses, especially when taken with saccharin. Consequently, the sweetener was banned from U.S. products, although it can still be found in other parts of the world.
The next time you surf online or visit a shop or market that doesn’t seem particularly regulated, steer clear of these products: you don’t want to invite any legal or medical complications.