As Americans, we tend not to question our own habits. Because they are so familiar to us, they are "normal." Unless you were allergic, you have probably eaten thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your lifetime. You poured sugary cereal for breakfast before school, or you made eggs and toast and maybe even bacon. You might not know how your mom made her famous meatloaf, but you happily gobbled it down for dinner whenever she served it because it was a totally classic dish, and pretty delicious too.
But what people eat and how they eat it differs from country to country, region to region. Some of the things that we took for granted as part of our relationship food growing up are totally foreign and strange to other people. Many just do not understand why we eat the things that we do. And you know what? With many of these questions, they have a point.
If you are American, this plate of food won't look strange to you.Burger, onion rings, fries... Oh man, I am making myself hungry. But that's not the point of this. The point is that some American eating habits are really confusing to people who didn't grow up here.
Peanut butter and jelly
So I tried peanut butter and jelly today for the first time and it's disgusting, how do Americans eat this 😷😷— x (@x)1484713530.0
Pizza with pineapple
Wait wait wait wait.. do Americans really eat pizza with pineapples? Is this a thing?— Maty♡ (@Maty♡)1448824352.0
Bread and pasta
Why do Americans eat bread with pasta?— R.I.P Big Bro 👼🏽 (@R.I.P Big Bro 👼🏽)1543890288.0
Wings and ribs
Why do Americans eat and praise the worst parts of animals, like chicken wings and ribs?? THEY’RE THE BONIEST, MOST… https://t.co/revpTWVKiZ— Aleisha Cisneros (@Aleisha Cisneros)1548053731.0
Tomato soup and grilled cheese
why do americans eat tomato soup with their grilled cheese? that shit's gross. it's basically just warmed up ketchup.— Han-O-Ween 🎃 (@Han-O-Ween 🎃)1539253027.0
Chips with sandwiches
why do americans eat chips with sandwiches i have never understood that— $ab™️ (@$ab™️)1521222690.0
Meatloaf looks so disgusting how do americans eat it— fran (@fran)1466708262.0
Pop-TartsI know. These really shouldn't be eaten for breakfast. They're basically bad versions of pastries. But they are also so good.
Chicken and waffles
Why do Americans eat waffles with fried chicken, odd flex— lily (@lily)1541883773.0
Eggs and breadWait...I'm so confused about this. Do other cultures not eat eggs with toast? It's so yummy! Better yet: a breakfast sandwich!
do americans actually eat corn dogs that shit looks gross af— jack™️ (@jack™️)1521982787.0
Cold pizzaHeck. Yes. For breakfast! Please try cold pizza. Eat a slice while you warm up the rest of the pizza. You won't regret it.
Sweet and savory breakfast
Americans eat so much weird food why do u always mix your sweet and savoury breakfast foods??? Pancakes should not… https://t.co/zXTWT5kyaz— meg (@meg)1550199948.0
Macaroni and cheeseUm, because both macaroni and cheese are delicious? Because it's made up of the two best things: pasta and cheese. I could go on.
Cheese with crackersWhat do you eat cheese with? What do you eat crackers with? Cheese and crackers were made for each other!
Bacon every morning
do americans really eat bacon every morning— nachii🐞 (@nachii🐞)1491076044.0
Popcorn with melted butterSome do. I don't go for the extra butter, but I understand the urge. I'm more of a salt gal myself.
Scone thingsBy scone things do you mean scones? Or biscuits? Either way, the answer is the same: because they are yummy.
Thanksgiving meals look so weird lol why do Americans eat a roast with sweet potatoes and marshmallows?? And Mac and cheese?— ti (@ti)1542909605.0
Why do Americans eat salads as entire meals? Leaves are not a meal! Can you tell I'm hangry— Stephanie Foo (@Stephanie Foo)1499723764.0
ApplesauceWhat do you eat applesauce on? I'm so curious. I'm not a big fan of it. I only eat it on latkes at Chanukah.
Nacho cheeseHere's the thing. We are fully aware that this fake liquid cheese stuff is fake and gross. But it also tastes so good and we would bathe in it if we could.
I don't know what a casserole is exactly but do americans eat this daily— sab (@sab)1540254032.0
Peanut butterIf it doesn't go with chocolate or in cakes, how do you eat peanut butter?!?! In my opinion, peanut butter is best when it's paired with something else.
How do americans eat cereal and call it a meal— 🙂 (@🙂)1537710832.0
cookie dough is so fucking gross like how do americans eat that just like that uncooked and just https://t.co/TQHwcjcxxC— 👻 (@👻)1536439452.0
Why do Americans call it a hamburger when there is legit no ham involved— Louis R Michael (@Louis R Michael)1459425402.0
what is ranch and why do americans eat it with everything— 𓆙 (@𓆙)1484607821.0
Why do Americans eat ice-cream when they’re sad?— L (@L)1539105848.0