Foods That Are Better Outside the U.S.

06/28/2014 02:17 pm ET | Updated Aug 28, 2014

American food has a dubious reputation across the globe for being woefully over-processed (and therefore a touch on the tasteless side), yet also soaked in butter, oil and salt... in other words, "fake flavor." Now that's not to say there isn't any great regional food in the U.S., because there certainly is if you're willing to search it out -- but by and large, there are many foods enjoyed widely in the U.S. that simply aren't as great as they are in other countries.

There are several reasons for this: certain foods, like döner kebabs and noodles, originate in other parts of the world (in Turkey and Asia respectively) and were conceived with certain ingredients and food products in mind, often not indigenously available in the U.S., and so the American versions either use substituted ingredients or ones that are dried and imported -- both of which change the flavor of the original dish. Though it is often a point of contention, many argue that the overseas version is simply a lot better than its American counterpart.

  • 1 Bread
    American bread (not counting the artisanal breads produced by specialty bakers) is highly processed and contains more additives than bread produced elsewhere. While not all of these additive are bad (vitamins including Vitamin D, added fiber, and fatty acids are sometimes added) many are (added salt for taste and that high-fructose corn syrup, again), making U.S. bread on the whole not as good as bread made outside the country. Click Here to see More Foods That Are Better Outside the U.S. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Alwyn Ladell
  • 2 Coca Cola
    It's no secret that even though Coca Cola is a fairly standardized product, it does taste slightly different depending on where you are in the world, and it usually comes down to one reason: U.S. Coca Cola uses high-fructose corn syrup and the rest of the world (mostly) uses cane sugar… while neither are exactly healthy ingredients, it does make big difference in taste. Photo Credit: © Flickr / a olin
  • 3 Steak
    When it comes to the question of which country has the better t-bone, the rest of the world has some serious beef with U.S. steak. American beef is banned from sale in Europe because of the growth hormones generally given to cattle, which makes the animals bigger, makes cows produce more milk, and, on the whole, is believed to diminish the quality of the product. The FDA stands by the safety of American beef, but the rest of the world doesn't agree, and many feel the taste and quality doesn't hold a candle to steaks hailing from Japan, Europe, and Argentina. Photo Credit: © Flickr / James Rose Click Here to see More Foods That Are Better Outside the U.S.
  • 4 Corn
    U.S. corn and soybeans are mostly genetically modified stock, which allows for bigger batch yields to meet the growing demand. While there is currently a furious global debate underway over the health side effects of eating GM crops, what is apparent is that they are not as flavorful as corn and maize produced elsewhere in world, including Europe, China, and Africa. Photo Credit: iStock_thinkstock
  • 5 Pizza
    Pizza lovers in the U.S. will defend their favorite pie to the death (probably), but there is truth to that common belief that the best pizza and pasta comes from Italy. That's not to say all Italian pizza is great, but generally the ingredients used are fresher and locally sourced (which immediately means better flavor and quality, and it make it healthier), which makes all the difference — and that also means that pizza in the U.S. generally is not quite as delicious. Click Here to see More Foods That Are Better Outside the U.S. Photo Credit: © Flickr / Ania Mendrek

Another reason has to do with the actual fresh products in the States: genetically modified corn and soybeans dominate the U.S. market -- while the government does vouch for the safety of GM crops, many argue that the process makes the foods more tasteless and less nutritious.

American beef, too, is getting the short end of the stick -- general bovine stock in the U.S. is enhanced with growth hormones, which are transferred to the meat and milk that we consume. Stricter agricultural regulations in Europe ensure less or no hormones are given to cattle. Then there's the use of pesticides in crop farming.. Again, it's different in the U.S. than in other parts of the world and that affects the quality of the products produced.

Then there's the obvious effect that culture has on food -- the U.S. is a cultural melting pot of different peoples and palates, and while most people brought their favorite local dishes and flavors with them as a way of keeping their cultural heritage alive, there's no arguing that the flavors changed over time. Compared to the original version, many find the American counterparts to be watered-down.

American food certainly has its high points, but there are just some foods that are a lot better outside the U.S.... read on to find out more about them.

-Serusha Govender, The Daily Meal

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