Before traveling to another country, it is advisable to study the local cuisine and the laws to not be surprised when you say that your favorite food is banned in that nation. Any sweet, soda and even the harmless vegetables and berries can be found in the list of taboo in different cultures. However, everything has a logical explanation.
Great.guru made a culinary trip around the world to tell you about the bans most unexpected in different countries.
1. Small chocolate candy M&M’s in Sweden
The Swedish court in 2016 was established that the producer of candies, Mars could no longer sell and do advertising of the goods under the brand M&M’s in the territory of the country. The reason was that the logo M&M’s especially looks like an existing brand of a chocolate popular Swedish called Marabou, which is produced in the country since 1960.
2. Mountain Dew in Europe
Soft drinks produced in the united. UU., as for example, Mountain Dew, due to a composition – specific, are prohibited on the territory of Europe. On the official website of the producer is declared in the European Union there are different rules of what elements may or may not enter in the composition of the products. In particular, the corn syrup with a high content of fructose, which is used as one of the ingredients of the drink in EE. UU. it is forbidden in some european countries.
3. Poppy seeds in Singapore
The seeds of opium poppy are used as a seasoning in many cultures. However, in Singapore are classified as “prohibited product” and not allow its importation into the country.
4. Coca-Cola in Cuba and in North Korea
Currently, in the world there are only two countries where Coca-Cola cannot be bought or sold, at least officially. These are Cuba and North Korea, which are under a trade embargo to long term by EE. UU. (Cuba since 1962 and North Korea since 1950).
5. “Big Mac” in India
Currently, India is considered to be one of the participants of trade at the international level, more large. In addition, it is the only country on the planet where, in Mcdonald’s, you will not be able to buy a burger with beef or pork, in particular the well-known “Big Mac”. Here, in the menu of the fast food restaurants sell the “burgers hindus”, which are 100 percent vegetarian. For example, the hamburger “McAloo Tikk” is a type of dumpling with potato, red onion, tomatoes and a special sauce of vegetables.
6. Burgers in the middle East, Malaysia and Indonesia
If you ask for a simple “hamburger” in the restaurants of Mcdonald’s in the muslim countries, desconcertarás to the cashier. The matter is that, in the middle East, Malaysia and Indonesia, in the fast food restaurants offer “beefburger” in place of “hamburger” with the object of ensuring that in this dish there is no meat of pork. Although in the rest of the world the burgers are made primarily of beef, only in the muslim countries changed the name and packaging of the product, but the taste remains the same.
7. Lettuce in Iraq
Another prohibition of religious towards a product quite harmless, lettuce, exists in the north of Iraq, and is linked with beliefs yezidis. Its taboo on the consumption of this plant can be explained by the fact that its local name is “khas”, which coincides with the term that yezidis used to designate his saints.
8. Vegetables and berries in Israel
Vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, although they are not taboo, they should be excluded from the diet jewish due to a high probability of insects or worms in these products, which is forbidden to eat. For a reason analogous, it is recommended not to eat blackberries and raspberries, as these berries do not always have the possibility to be cleaned carefully without damaging them.
9. Fish in peoples of Africa
Among the somalis, in a large number of tribes there is the restriction on the consumption of fish. Even it is not allowed to marry people from other clans that eat it. The taboo on the consumption of seafood is common among many pastoralists and farmers (and even some coastal villages) that inhabit parts of southeastern Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and northern Tanzania.
10. Garlic in China
The kitchen buddhist in China traditionally excluded from all their dishes, the garlic, since the belief state that its consumption stimulates the low instincts of the human being.
What restriction of products in other countries have listened to or have you faced when traveling?
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