How many times do we actually read the contents before buying our favorite snack? Especially when we are hungry, we can’t think of the more important things like checking the ingredients or fat contents. We just pop to our favorite store, grab our quick ready-meal and go! Not too bad, right? But have you ever wondered what food additions can be present in those fancy looking meals?
It’s time for you to discover some real facts before ending your hunger pangs. Take a moment to read these 9 food additions which you might be eating and shouldn’t!
Vanilla ice cream contains Beaver anal gland secretions
That’s gross! Do you know that the ‘natural flavoring’ on many sweet items contains Castoreum, a tasty additive made from the secretions of glands near beaver’s anus? Beavers use it to attract mates, and we use it for sweetening purposes!
Where are we consuming it?
Sweet vanilla, strawberry flavorings in drinks and sweets, baked goods, frozen dairy products, chewing gum, pudding, gelatin, and ice cream to name a few!
Your favourite Pizza contains duck hair!
This real stomach churner deserves a special mention. McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts use L-Cysteine in their products, which is an amino acid facilitating hair growth! They have used hog hair and duck hair in the past. Thankfully, its banned in the UK.
What it’s mostly found in?
Pizza, bread-based products, fast food etc.
Propylene glycol in cakes is a key ingredient of Antifreeze!
We love frozen desserts and delicious baked goodies. But they all contain Propylene glycol, the main thickener and flavor enhancer also found in antifreeze!
Where is it most likely to be consumed?
In ready-made cake mix. But also found in paint, plastic, anti-freeze and aircraft de-icing fluids.
Cake colorings usually contain crushed beetles!
“That cake looks tempting with the coloring”. But it’s cos of crushed beetles! In other words, Cochineal is responsible for that coloring which is made by boiling or drying cochineal beetles before crushing them to release color.
What’s the story behind it?
Red food dye is made using beetles, but carmine, E120 and natural red 4 also contain crushed beetles in their ingredients!
Those tortilla wraps might contain wood!
Wood as food additions? It’s hard but true. When eating tortilla wraps for a burrito, check the ingredients. Cellulose does the job. Considered as a ‘dietary fiber’, it can be obtained from wood pulp and cotton.
Why it is used in bread?
Manufacturers use it to ‘Pad out’ packaged bread to reduce fat content.
Noodles might contain preservatives used in petrol pumps!
TBHQ or Tert-Butylhydroquinone is a synthetic antioxidant which prevents oxidation, which makes food toxic. This is used not only in favorite food items but also in the production of biodiesel and varnish.
Where’s it most likely found?
Crackers, noodles, microwave popcorn, butter and chicken nuggets, frozen fish etc.
Gummy sweets are made from tree Wax!
Seen the similarity in shine between your fav gummy sweet and car? It’s thanks to Carnauba wax, made from a palm tree found in Brazil.
Found in which products?
Those glazed sweets like Doughnuts, English toffees, Haribo Starmix, etc.
Coke contains Brominated vegetable oil, a flame retardant!
In citrus-flavored soft drinks, flavoring stops from separating and floats to the top. It’s cos of BVO or Brominated Vegetable Oil. This oil is also used as a flame retardant in plastics and furniture! In 2014, Coca-Cola and Pepsi banned BVO after a teenager’s petition against the additive.
The side effects of such food additions?
A syndrome known as Bromism can causes seizures.
That muffin might contain artificial caramel coloring!
Do you know what gives meat and muffin that yummy brown texture? Artificial caramel (E510), that is made from a concoction of chemicals.
What are the side effects?
Intestinal problems, carcinogens etc. Coloring in cold drink is banned in the US.
Most of us could improve our diets with this knowledge. So hold back your urge to eat and check what you eat next time!