Indians are fond of food. No occasion or for that matter, even our daily routine cannot end without street food, beverages, snacks, dairy products and loads of other edible items. Yet there’s another side of the world which has banned those edible products which we Indians consume regularly.
- Raw Milk:
Call it raw milk or unpasteurized milk, this staple food of Indian culture is banned in many countries including the US, Canada, Australia and few European countries. Sale of raw milk in these parts is prohibited, but many of the Indians don’t mind consuming it directly.
Indian culture can’t think of a world without honey. This sweet edible product is consumed by Indians on the diurnal basis, but many branded (Indian) honey labels are banned in European countries and US as it contains strictly harmful antibiotics.
- Red Bull:
This Australian energy drink has been banned completely in France, Denmark, and Norway after three deaths were caused due to its consumption. It’s still banned for sale to minors in many countries around the world. In India, it is readily available in stores.
- Betel nut:
Betel nut or Areca Nut or “Gutkha/Supari” is another popular edible item in India which is severely harmful yet consumed on large scale. Countries like Indonesia, Australia, Marshall Islands, and few UAE countries have banned the consumption of Betel nut completely.
Ever heard of ‘Betel nut beauties’? Think of them as ‘Paanwali’ in Taiwan! But more sophisticated than in India.
Yes, this must-have-drink during Holi festival in India is banned in more than 170 countries around the globe as it contains Cannabis (enough to call it illegal, right?).
- Haldiram’s snacks:
Haldiram’s is one of the major and famous snack (and sweet) manufacturer in India. Though Indians love this label, but it does contain a high amount of adulteration. Hence, its products are banned in the US.
Really? Nope, samosas are not that harmful (if we cut out the oil part). But due to its resemblance to The Trinity Cross (weird, right?), it is banned in Somalia. The world still loves this food.
- Kinder Surprise:
Don’t confuse it with Kinder ‘Joy’ Surprise. Kinder Surprise Eggs or Kinder Eggs are illegal for consumption in the US and you may be fined up to $2,500 if you try to buy, as the toys inside the egg can cause choking in kids.
- Mountain Dew:
Do you also like the Mountain Dew and its ‘Dar k age jeet’ ad? But before grabbing the bottle, don’t forget to rewind in mind that it has BVO, Brominated Vegetable Oil (so?). This is a controversial additive that can be linked to all sorts of health issues. And hence, this drink is banned in more than 100 countries around the globe.
Chyawanprash is like the ultimate health booster in India. But it is banned in Canada since 2005 as it contains heavy metals in large traces which according to Canadian government can impose health problems.