The Scary Truth About Food in America Compared to the U.K.

While I was holidaying in Orlando with my family, one of the first things I noticed at the supermarket was the dazzling packets of everyday food products. As I took a closer look at the nutrition on the back of the products, I noticed a stark difference in the nutritious value of American food goods. It is insane that the exact product sold internationally can have different values of nutrition in the same product.


Not only did this significant difference make me curious about the shocking food truths in America and England. It sparked my curiosity to investigate further into other food products that are sold in America.


Inevitably, food products sold in different countries will contain additional ingredients; however, I discovered the hidden ingredients in the beloved Heinz ketchup only when I went to America.


The likelihood of Heinz Tomato Ketchup cropping up around us in the supermarket or cafés is 99.9 percent positive. The ingredients above depend on high fructose corn syrup in the U.S. version instead of sugar used in the U.K. version. The names of elements also appeared to be different, “spice” vs. “onion powder” and “natural flavoring” vs. “herb extracts.”


How to enjoy treats like this? 

In my opinion, to avoid the nasty chemicals and the high concentrated sugars in the bottle of Ketchup, I suggest that you make your own homemade salsa/tomato dip at home for your family. You know for sure what is inside your dip without the worry of consuming harmful and unnatural ingredients.


“Live InSync” is Activia’s slogan, as they hope to create an “aspirational lifestyle brand.”


I love yogurt for breakfast in England, as it is something quick and easy. In America, yogurt for breakfast is more like a dessert treat.  It is a complete absurdity – Activia has been selling yogurts to America with unnatural ingredients. For example, ‘Kosher Gelatin, Natural Flavors, Agar’ are all absent in the English version.


How to enjoy treats like this?  

In my opinion, I would enjoy treats like these in moderation (I wouldn’t rely on them for a quick breakfast fix), and I would always check what ingredients are in a pack of yogurts before I go and purchase some at the supermarket.

 The world-famous Cadbury mini eggs…


The American versions are covered in artificial dyes.  In England, these dyes compel a warning label that says “May Harm Activity and Attention in Children.”[1] In England, you can enjoy Cadbury chocolate in moderation without the worry of dyes having a negative effect on your body. It is insane this shocking truth about this food product I discovered whilst on holiday with my family.


By no means deprive yourself of chocolate! Medicine Net has found that dark chocolate and cocoa are beneficial for your body.

  • Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Decrease blood pressure.


Therefore I would suggest that you mix up your daily routine of chocolate and try some dark chocolate instead if you don’t already. Relax and have some chocolate!


Pop-Tarts aren’t extremely popular in England, however, they are a well-known yummy breakfast in America. Whilst I was in Orlando for 2 weeks I certainly had my share of Pop-Tarts for breakfast. However, it was only when I took a deeper look into the nutritious value of Pop-Tarts that I decide to cut back on them during my last week of holiday.


Pop-Tarts get their sweet and delicious flavor from its 14 grams of sugar, which also comes from high fructose corn syrup. According to Huffington Post, eating an excessive amount of high fructose corn syrup can cause fatty liver, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia, and Type 2 diabetes.


How can anyone recommend this as a breakfast option? It seems more like a sweet treat to me. 


The American Heart Association (AHA) says that the daily sugar intake for men should be no more than 36 grams. It should be no more than 24 grams for women, and no more than 23 grams for children, depending on the age of the child. Since Pop-Tarts contain at least 14 grams of sugar, having two of them will put you past the healthy recommended number for sugar.

How to enjoy treats like this? 

  • instead of jam, try a mashed banana.
  • Other healthy choices are low-fat cheese, cottage cheese with a couple of freshly chopped dates, or nut butter (make sure the one you buy doesn’t have any additions like sugar or palm oil) and chopped banana.
  • Try to keep croissants, pastries, and muffins as an occasional treat.
  • Add extra fruit and veg to bump up your fiber intake wherever you can. Add berries, dried fruit, or half a banana to your cereal, or grilled tomatoes to eggs on toast.


In my opinion, making sprouted grain toast with real butter and almond butter or macadamia nut butter with a topping of natural fruit hits the spot!

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