Weird Eats

You’d Probably Try These Drinks, But They’re Banned In America

We’re quite fortunate here in the good old USA. When it comes to beverage options, we have more than enough to choose from. Enter any bar, coffee shop, restaurant, grocery store, or convenience mart and the variety can be overwhelming.

There are some things that are available in other parts of the world that you just can’t get here for one reason or another. Let’s take a look at three of those items and the reason for their bans.

Raw Milk

Depending on the type of student you were, you may remember the story of French scientist Louis Pasteur from your middle school science classes. He discovered (and oh-so-humbly named after himself) pasteurization, which is the heating of raw milk in order to kill bacteria to make sure it is safe to eat. Obviously, unpasteurized or raw milk skips this step.

The nerds at the CDC say that raw milk is basically a host for all sorts of nasty stuff such as Listeria, E. Coli, and Salmonella. Consuming raw milk can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and possibly death. Currently, 18 states have straight out banned the sale of raw milk, and in 1987 the FDA required all milk and milk products to be pasteurized for human consumption if they want the product to cross state lines.

Coca-Cola Light

Still sold in many other countries, including Canada and Mexico, Coca-Cola Light is no longer available in the United States because it uses an artificial sweetener called Cyclamate.

Developed in the late 1930s, Cyclamate was 10 times sweeter than sugar and it didn’t leave an aftertaste like many other artificial sweeteners. The problem is, a study was conducted in 1969 that claimed Cyclamate caused bladder cancer in lab rats. Since then, the sweetener has been banned by the FDA in America.

Four Loko

This drink is still made, but the drink available on shelves today is not the same as the Four Loko that was available several years ago. Rumors abounded about this drink in its heyday.

It’s been said that one can of this surgery booze drink contained twice the caffeine as an eight-ounce Red Bull and as much booze as four cans of Budweiser. The beverage was banned in multiple states and a federal ban was planned after several deaths were reported.

The original caffeinated formula is still sold abroad, however, so keep an eye out on your world travels.