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Slideshow: Strangest Things Americans Eat

Slideshow: Strangest Things Americans Eat


Some of your favorite dishes might seem normal to you but are just plain odd to other people

A Southern staple and Christmas tradition, ambrosia salad is a fruit salad with oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut, and whipped cream. Other variations include yogurt, pudding, or sour cream in place of whipped cream and can be found with other fruit options as well. This sweet dish is interestingly named after the food eaten by the Greek gods.

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

A Southern staple and Christmas tradition, ambrosia salad is a fruit salad with oranges, pineapple, cherries, coconut, and whipped cream. This sweet dish is interestingly named after the food eaten by the Greek gods.

Biscuits and Gravy

Chicken and Waffles

Corn Dogs

Grits

Grits are just one of many Southern food favorites that seem bizarre to the rest of the world. This dish of ground-up corn kernels boiled in milk is enjoyed mushy and with butter (and/or lard), cheese, and gravy. The texture is difficult to explain; is it supposed to be like mashed potatoes? Like porridge? We (along with the rest of the world) just don’t understand it.

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Miracle Whip

Olive Loaf

Olive loaf is a strange concept to most people who’ve never tried it. The ingredients for an olive loaf include meat blends, spices, green olives, and water. This lunch meat is most often made with beef and pork, but can also be made with chicken and turkey, and blended with green olives (not black olives because of firmness and aesthetic appeal). The loaf is made similarly to bologna but can have a different taste depending on the spices used.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Peanut butter is eaten in many countries but it’s not as popular elsewhere as it is in the States (it even made an appearance at the Emmys). When you combine it with jelly, it forms an off-center combination that many people outside of the U.S. would not even want to try. However, in some countries, peanut butter is drizzled with syrup or honey to make a piece of toast or a sandwich sweeter. It just isn’t commonplace to combine peanut butter with jelly or jam.

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Sloppy Joe

You either love or hate these buns stuffed with ground beef drenched in sauce. Sloppy joes are strange-looking, greasy, and deliciously messy. The rest of the world may not want to eat it, but it’s easy to see why so many Americans are happy to dig into this dish with delight, regardless of the mess.

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Spam

Weird food extraordinaire Andrew Zimmern once said, “Spam is, I think, the poster child for everything’s that’s wrong with food in the world.”

This ground-up meat creation, almost exclusively popular in Hawaii, is a lot like a hot dog but slightly “springier” or “fluffier” and is carved from a slab. It’s used in sandwiches, stews, or can be eaten by itself. It’s right up there with meatloaf as odd meat foods the rest of the world (and some Americans) just can’t make sense of.

Here are 11 things you didn’t know about Spam.

Spray Cheese

Spray cheese is one of the most processed forms of cheese — and many countries pride themselves on their fresh cheeses. Many non-Americans (and Americans, for that matter) think that cheese that can sit in a pantry instead of the refrigerator and that sprays out of a can like whipped cream is unusual and unnatural. (Hint: it is.) Although it has declined in popularity in recent years, it’s safe to say that it is one the weirder American food products ever created.

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Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


Secrets of 16 Strange and Popular Superfoods

August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, media personality and author of "Girl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment." Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, DAME Magazine and more. augustmclaughlin.com

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.

Chia seeds. Acai. Maca powder. Goji berries. Every day it seems a new "superfood" makes health news headlines. While no food on its own is a one-stop wellness solution, many of these popular health foods do offer health advantages to those who consume them. These benefits include everything from improved blood sugar control and a lowered risk for infections and chronic disease to increasing your odds for a long, vibrant life. Learning more about some of the latest dietary superstars can help take the "huh?" out of your grocery shopping decisions and add potent benefits to not only your plates, but your wellness. Read on to learn the REAL benefits these 17 superfoods have to offer. Check to see if your favorite one was included and if not, leave a comment below to let us know.


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