Seems a bit odd not to allow a snack item that is supposed to be healthier, but that’s just what the United Kingdom and Canada have done. Fat-free chips are supposed to give people alternatives to fatty foods, but a lot of them end up causing some gut issues. This is because of the ingredient olestra, otherwise known as Olean.
It doesn’t have any fat, cholesterol, or calories, but it can give people cramps, bad gas, or even diarrhea if eaten in great enough quality. For these reasons, a couple of countries have decided to take them off store shelves. While that might only leave the full-fat options, a lot of people think it’s better than having bathroom troubles and intestinal pain.
In Europe, a kebab is a classic late-night option for hungry bar-goers, tired workers, and everybody else that feels a bit peckish. That excludes, however, people who live in the city of Venice, Italy. You might be thinking it has to do with health reasons, and that’s a good guess, but it’s not the answer.
It turns out that this city has stopped the sale of kebabs for being... low-quality food. One of the advantages of kebabs is that it always tastes the same no matter what kind of meat it is, and the city didn’t like that. The idea of low-quality fast food clogging up the city streets was something that they simply couldn’t allow. Who knows where all that food came from? It could have come from anywhere!
What could the problem with chewing gum be? There are sugar-free varieties, so it can’t be that. It doesn’t contain alcohol or any other things that might be forbidden for cultural reasons. So what is it? Well, the city of Singapore has a really good reason for wanting people to stop chewing this piece of candy – cleanliness.
They got rid of the stuff in 1992 to clean up the streets and keep sticky stuff away from public places. There are exceptions for people who need it for medical reasons, but you have to have your prescription on you, or you could be hit with a penalty of up to two years in prison or a fine of up to a hundred thousand dollars! Holy smokes!
Mac and Cheese
No, the countries of Norway, Austria, and the European Union haven’t banned the simple staple of putting cheese in pasta – what they’ve done is ban the Kraft boxed dinners that are a staple of so many kids around the globe. It comes with a box of noodles and a little pouch of cheese mix – what could be simpler? However, the above countries have found that a couple of color additives could be dangerous for growing bodies that love their mac and cheese, which means the Kraft meal wasn’t allowed.
Kraft has recently removed Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 from the mix, which means they are allowed back on store shelves. Kids in Europe rejoiced, even though it’s really not that hard to just make some noodles and add a little bit of cheese. It's like two steps.
Certain Brands of French Fries
Plenty of us have a bag of french fries in our freezer for when guests come over to grill burgers – or just to enjoy while you don’t want to work too hard to make a meal. They have a long shelf life, which is all thanks to the chemical azodicarbonamide, a preservative.
Some studies have shown that this chemical can cause complications for people suffering from asthma, which means that the United Kingdom, Austria, and Singapore have all decided not to let them be sold. Only certain brands of french fries use this specific chemical, so you might just have to pick a different brand if you need to get your fix of thin little potatoes.