10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand
- Red Velvet Cake
- Red Velvet Cake Red velvet cake does not sit well with many foreigners. They dislike it because it is often packed with chemicals and food coloring to give it the distinct reddish hue.
- Red Velvet Cake Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste.
- Red Velvet Cake They would much prefer a true chocolate or vanilla cake. Traditionally, however, the red coloring of the cake was attributed to the chemical reaction of the ingredients, not food dye.
- Red Velvet Cake So it's possible that an all-natural version of the red velvet cake might be more appealing to some.
- Grocery Bread
- Grocery Bread Fresh bread all the way! Many who live outside of the U.S. think breads here (including hamburger and hot dog buns) are too sweet as they often contain quite a bit of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
- Grocery Bread In other countries, bread is more wholesome and less full of artificial ingredients, making it taste fresher and more hearty.
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Biscuits and Gravy There is nothing like a creamy sausage gravy with soft buttermilk biscuits. This southern comfort food is definitely not a staple in most other countries.
- Biscuits and Gravy Foreigners find this breakfast has too much sodium and they cannot stomach the thought of sausage, flour, and milk together.
- Biscuits and Gravy To be fair, it doesn't always look very appetizing.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Peanut Butter & Jelly One all-American, kid-friendly food that foreigners love to hate is peanut butter. Now add jelly to that (as most of us do) and you have a double whammy of hate.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Many Europeans strongly dislike the combination and don't understand why it is such a popular lunch staple in the U.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly S.
- Grits Grits are a common breakfast food found mostly in the southern U.S. They consist of mostly water and ground corn.
- Grits Granted the consistency as well as the taste is a little odd, and if you didn't grow up eating it, might seem rather strange.
- Chocolate Unbelievably, many foreigners do not like the taste of chocolate in America. For example, some of them claim that our chocolate has a processed taste, is not sweet enough, and can be dusty, similar to old chocolate that has gone bad.
- Chocolate The major difference lies in the cocoa and sugar content.
- Bacon and Eggs
- Bacon and Eggs Those who live outside the U.S. find that bacon and eggs are just not a suitable breakfast and on top of that, they do not enjoy the greasy bacon taste.
- Bacon and Eggs Breakfast in other countries normally consists of something light, such as fresh fruit and some type of biscuit or croissant.
- Bacon and Eggs The traditional idea of breakfast is very different in America and can range anywhere from black coffee and grapefruit to pancakes and sausages.
- Spray Cheese
- Spray Cheese Foreigners are not very fond of American cheeses because they come packed with salt and most are very processed.
- Spray Cheese This imitation cheese is a cheaper, lower quality version of traditional cheese and those from other countries would never dream of using it.
- Spray Cheese In fact, you cannot find many of the traditional American cheeses in other countries.
- Casseroles Many folks from other countries are used to eating many dishes at every meal and just one dish doesn't cut it.
- Casseroles Others are turned off by the soups we use in them to help bind them. These soups are full of sodium and by the time you add crackers and crushed chips, it is a salt explosion.
- Casseroles Of course healthier versions are available for those who are trying to watch their salt and fat intake.
- Cereal Many popular cereals in America are packed full of sugar, refined carbs and lack proper nutrition. They are also highly processed and contain different chemicals and color dyes.
- Cereal This is often a turn off to many foreigners who prefer a heartier oatmeal or porridge for their early morning meal.
- Cereal Granted there are healthier breakfast cereals available in the U.S. that contain more fiber and less sugar, but they certainly aren't as popular, especially with children.
- Corn Dogs
- Corn Dogs Born in Buffalo, New York in the late 1920's, the corn dog has become an American staple at carnivals, street fairs and restaurants all over the country.
- Corn Dogs This deep fried hot dog on a stick doesn't seem to get much love overseas, possibly due to the cornmeal batter and high sodium content.
- Meatloaf Many Americans grew up on this comfort food and it's certainly easy to find in most family-style restaurants across the U.
- Meatloaf S. Though variations have popped up around the world, the traditional American meatloaf cannot be stomached by many foreigners.
- Meatloaf Could be the consistency, could be the taste, or it could just be the name, which is rather unappetizing.
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