Sure you are that pro-healthy-food friend who advises everyone on what to and what not it. Yeah, we know you know your macros, micros, calories, and superfoods by heart, but do you know what all those foods are actually made off - and we don’t mean nutritiously!?
Here’s a list of 9 shocking hidden ingredients in your daily food!
No. This is not a bad joke. Castoreum is a sweetener used in food and drinks as sweet vanilla and raspberry flavor. How have we not heard of this, you ask? Well, it’s legally considered a “natural sweetener”. Who the heck discovered this, that what we ask!
The amino acid found in hair called L-Cysteine is used to extend the shelf life of bread-based products including doughnuts and pizzas. And while hog hair and duck feathers and normally used, human hair is also used in the US.
Yes. We are still talking about your food… not your windshields. This is used as an anti-clumping chemical in your favorite boxed cake mix and as a thickening agent in frozen dairy products… seriously.
While many off you thought this couldn’t get creepier – though we crossed disgusting in that first one – we beg to differ. Did you know that Cochineal beetles are boiled, dried, crushed, and then used as food coloring? Yes. It’s quite common.
Turns out, we humans rarely leave anything to waste, contrary to popular belief! We actually eat wood pulp and cotton… though we may not do it knowingly/willingly. Cellulose, referred to as a ‘dietary fiber’, is obtained from wood and used to stuff packaged bread to reduce the fat content.
Tert-Butylhydroquinone, or otherwise known as that thing you pump into your car at the gas station… apparently it’s used as a preservative in our favorite fatty snacks and foods. Eating a high fat diet would lead to an overdose of TBHQ which is… well, really not healthy. Time to start that diet, huh?
Next time you wax your car and imagine what it’d be like to lick it – who knows what some people think – then look no further than a your glazed doughnuts, gummy sweets… or your polished shoe.
OK. We think this may be useful in case of a zombie apocalypse or an asteroid hitting Earth… you know when you need to keep that food of yours from burning. Otherwise, why this is found in our favorite soft drinks makes no sense. Allegedly, it’s to keep the flavor and drink from separating…
Nope, no flavor, just the brownish color, made with a thick, rich, not at all appetizing combination of chemicals. This is used on food like meats and muffins to give them a rich brown color.
Now we’re wondering what we can eat to keep from consuming this stuff… not much options out there!