Eating horse meat in America has not been customary since colonization: both Europeans and indigenous people believed that a live horse could bring much more benefit to a person than its meat. In the 20th century, horse meat was shipped to European and Asian countries or sold as canned dog food. In the past 30 years, most states have passed laws prohibiting the sale and consumption of such meat. In 2017, a restaurant in Pennsylvania included horse tartare on the menu and was the center of a scandal followed by inspections and warnings. Now horsemeat is mainly fed to animals in circuses and zoos, and it is also exported to other countries.
Eating horse meat in America has not been customary since colonization: both Europeans and indigenous people believed that a live horse could bring a lot more benefits to a person than its meat.
In American supermarkets, it is almost impossible to buy not only herring or kvass, which are familiar to us, but also the favorite product of Australians – vegemite. It is a thick and very salty paste made from the remains of beer wort and tastes like meat broth. In Australia, it is spread on toast or used as a filling in traditional buns. But in the US, the product is banned due to the high content of folic acid: in large quantities, it harms the immune system, and in the States it is allowed to add it only to bread and cereals.
5. Energy drinks with alcohol
In 2010, cocktails containing both alcohol and caffeine disappeared from the assortment of American stores, for example, the most popular energy drink in the United States, Four Loko. Doctors consider its composition to be an explosive mixture: ethyl alcohol combined with huge doses of caffeine (2-7 times more than in Coca-Cola) leads to severe dehydration, and other stimulant additives can mask the effect of alcohol. As a result, a person does not feel intoxicated and creates dangerous situations. According to one of the students, after three cans of such a cocktail, his motor reflexes failed and he stopped talking.
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6. Cuban cigars
The ban on the sale of Cuban cigars is part of the US trade embargo against Cuba. The purpose of these restrictions is to reduce the influx of cash that goes to support the communist regime. From time to time, sanctions are relaxed, and Americans are allowed to import a small amount of cigars from Liberty Island, but now there is a strict ban: US citizens are forbidden to buy and smoke Cuban cigars not only in their own country, but in general anywhere. Violators face huge fines or imprisonment. A historical anecdote is told about this: before banning trade with Cuba, Kennedy allegedly instructed his assistant to purchase at least a thousand Havana cigars, which he greatly appreciated.