Food and water are essential for our survival, but the food industry has been tampering with the stuff we consume in order to make it look more appealing, taste better and last longer.
We will look at 20 shocking facts about food and beverages in this article that you probably consume everyday.
All foods and drinks mentioned here are considered safe to consume. However, these facts my lead you to reconsider before you actually consume them.
The average hamburger contains meat from nearly 100 cattle. Imagine that; pieces from 100 cows just to make a burger. But wait, it gets better.
Mass production cows are often raised knee-deep in their own poop. They are butchered so fast that there often isn’t enough time to clean them.
The end result? Cow pie your cheeseburger.Yum!
2. Processed Cheese
Nothing makes burger better than a thick slice of cheddar cheese, right? Problem, is that processed cheese isn’t cheddar. Half the time, it’s barely even cheese.
Research has revealed that around half the contents of most processed cheese are chemicals, additives and fat, leaving a final slice with an alter ego and less than 50% of what it claims to be.
3. Candy Jelly Beans
M&M’s and jelly beans are tasty treats, but I bet you didn’t know that their shiny coating is made from bug feaces, didn’t you?
Shellac also known as confectioners glaze is made from a resin excreted by the female Lac Beetle. The resin is first processed into flakes and it’s made into a liquid shellac and then sprayed on food products. Oh, and this stuff is also used to make lacquer for hardwood, floors and furniture.
4. Packaged Food
Yes, packaged foods, but a blessing, especially if you’re like me and hate cooking. Yeah, I know they’re full of preservatives and a bunch of other crap. But if everyone’s eating it, then it can’t be that bad or can it?
The FDA actually says it’s okay for things like maggots, rodent hairs, fruit flies and parasites to be in her food, but don’t worry, they regulate the amount. The guidelines outlined how much microbiological or extraneous matter can be present before it is considered a food safety issue.
5. Fruit Flavored Snacks
You may never have guessed but your favorite fruit flavored snacks are made with carnauba wax, the same ingredient that is found in car polish. The wax is made from the leaves of carnauba palm trees and it’s actually used to add that attractive sheen to many things you put in your mouth,
Such as candy, chewing gum gravy and sauces. Carnauba wax is also used in shoe polish, dental floss, surfboards and floors. Gummy bears anyone?
Many commercial breads are made with L-cysteine to soften the dough and prolong its shelf life. But did you know that L-cysteine is made from human hair and duck feathers?
Most of the hair is obtained from barber shops and salons. When human hair is not available or it’s too expensive, people use duck feathers, chicken feathers and even cow horns to extract the softening agent. So yeah, your bread is kind of gross.
You might have heard the buzz about wild-caught versus farm-raised salmon, but as it turns out, that’s not the only concern about this particular fish. It’s crazy how mislabeled salmon is.
In Europe about 30% and in the U.S about 40%. This means that you’re eating similar cheaper fish that’s just colored pink to make it look like salmon. Yeah, that’s kind of seriously fucked up.
You probably enjoy treats like jell-O, marshmallows and frozen cakes, right?
Well, they’re all made with gelatin, but did you know that gelatin is made from collagen extracted from the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals such as cows, pigs horses, chickens and fish.
9. Vanilla Flavoring
Many delicious sweets and baked goods use castoreum as vanilla flavoring and in case you didn’t know, castoreum is created from the secretions of the anal glands of beavers. Yep. You heard that. Right.
What’s even more shocking is that in some cases manufacturers don’t even have to list castoreum on the ingredients list, and they just instead refer to it as natural flavoring. Enjoy.
10. Decaf Coffee
Most decaffeinated coffee is not completely caffeine free, as it contains small amounts of caffeine.
For example, a decaf latte can have as much caffeine has one can of Coke.
Honey is made from nectar, and bee vomit. Nectar is excreted from flowers by bees and stored at their stomach. The stored nectar mixes with enzymes that its chemical composition and pH are transformed by the bees return to the hive.
They passed the collected nectar by regurgitating the liquid, then the process of evaporation removes the water and transforms it into honey.
Another interesting fact about honey is that it never goes bad. Apparently it can last 3,000 years.
12. Fizzy Drinks
Ever noticed that you still feel thirsty after guzzling down a jumbo-sized, fizzy drink from fast food restaurants? Well there is a reason for that.
To give these beverages their sweet taste, many fast food chains load their fizzy drinks with high fructose corn syrup- a highly processed substance used as a sugar substitute that allows that sweet flavor to dance on your tongue,
While tearing away at the enamel on your teeth. Stretching out your stomach lining and attacking your vital organs.
13. Fast Food Nuggets
Golden crispy chicken nuggets are a favorite treat for many. However, the way they’re produced is rather shocking.
Studies have shown that junk nuggets have barely any chicken at all. Instead, they are mainly comprised of fats, bone, nerve and tissue.
14. Raw Meat
When you buy meat from the supermarket, you’re under the impression that you can tell how fresh the meat is by its color.
But the unfortunate reality is that it’s actually sprayed with carbon monoxide in order to make it “look fresh” and retain its color. Good thing. I don’t eat meat.
15. Hot Dogs
Hot dogs may be one of the most popular street foods, but they’re not much more than a disgusting mix of discarded meat parts, fats and starch.
They also mix it with something called cereal filler, which is a mix of breadcrumbs and flour. It sounds pretty awful. Right? But that’s not all.
Once they have a mixed made, they add toxic dyes and artificial flavors as well. Bon Appetit.
16. Orange Juice
The good old OJ, which is supposed to be nothing but “freshly squeezed” orange juice, right? That’s what they want you to believe. The reality is that they’re far from being freshly squeezed.
In fact, orange juice is stored in a tank for about a year or so. The process it making juice starts off by extracting oxygen out of it so it can be stored accordingly. Due to this process it loses its original flavoring and then artificial flavor is added.
17. Packaged Salad
Are you one of those people who keeps buying packaged salad for lunch? Well, you may not be making the healthiest choice, because packaged salads are sprayed with a chemical called propylene glycol that’s also found in antifreeze.
This chemical is responsible for keeping your lettuce crispy and your veggies full of color, but still.
18. Bottle Water
You may think that bottled water is pure and good for your health, as opposed to tap water with all its impurities. Have you ever wondered if that might be true?
About 40% of water is actually regular tap water and what’s even more surprising is that a lot of it doesn’t even get treated. It’s just straight out of the tap.
19. Red Food Coloring
I’m pretty sure that the main ingredient in this common food dye might seriously bug you. If you enjoy eating strawberry flavored yogurt or something on cranberry juice, you may be consuming bugs,
but don’t worry these insects don’t contaminate your food by accident. The red food, coloring carmine extracted from a type of insect known as a cochineal is deliberately added by food manufacturers.
There’s nothing wrong with peanuts. Well, besides the toxic mold issue, but you may be a little shocked to find out that peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite.
Peanuts contain an oil that is used in the process of making glycerol. Glycerol is one of the main ingredients in nitroglycerin and nitroglycerin is the main part of dynamite.
What do you find the most shocking about the foods and beverages you consume every day? Have you ever completely stopped eating a certain food or stop drinking a beverage just because you found out something unsettling about it?