We all love certain food items dearly whether it be pancakes or cornflakes. But have you ever thought about all the processing that’s done to them and all the ingredients used in their making? Here’s your chance to find out!
On first site marshmallows look very inviting. They’re cute little cubes that are just begging to melted but wait! You might stop eating them if you knew that one of the ingredients used in making it is gelatin. And gelatin is prepared by boiling the hides and bones of animals.
Everyone drinks beer at some point of his or her life. In some countries its impossible to find someone who doesn’t drink beer. But what ingredients does this good old beverage contain which landed it in this list? The answer to that question is fish bladder. Modern beers contain this secret ingredient which makes the beer look clearer. So if you’re not interested in consuming food items which contains fish bladder, steer clear from light bears.
Even classic food items such as wine are not safe from weird ingredients. Many popular wines contain include blood and bone marrow, casein, chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin etc and on top of all that, wineries are not required to disclose their wine making process so you’ll never know else what it contains.
4. Salad Dressings.
Your average sunscreen and your average salad dressing ingredients may have one thing in common : titanium dioxide. So go easy on your dressings okay?
5. Anything That Looks A Bit Too Red.
Why? Because a lot of red colored food items gets its colour from crushed bugs. How to avoid this? Look out for the words carmine or carminic acid on the label and you’ll be safe.
6. Jelly Beans.
Ever wondered why Jelly Beans looks so glossy? It’s because of shellac, which sounds cool until you realise that it’s also used for cleaning and shining your car.
7. Chewing Gum.
How are chewing gums so chewy? The answer to that question is quite disturbing. It’s sheep. No not the whole sheep. It’s the secretion from the skin glands of the sheep. It is also used in many cosmetic products.
Some people love cheese while some people can’t stand them and chances are you’ll probably join the latter if you find out that cheese uses an ingredient called rennet which is an enzyme extracted from the stomach of a dead nursing animal (cow, goat etc).
9. Ready Meals.
It’s commonly known that some ready food manufacturers use ingredients which have been frozen for years but are labelled as fresh.
10. Tinned Mushrooms.
US Law permits there to be 20 maggots per 100 grams of mushrooms. Yikes!
11. Ice Cream.
Certain ice cream flavors such as raspberry, vanilla and strawberry are said to contain a natural flavoring called castorium which comes from a beaver’s butt….
A lot of commercial bread contains an additive substance called L-cysteine which helps increase it’s shelf life but is synthesized from human hair.