If you haven’t eaten dinner yet, you might want to save this reading for after you’re done your meal.
As part of the Community Channel’s Real Food Revolution season, Alex Kann uncovered some nasty truths about foul food additions that you probably had no idea you were eating.
The nine truths are listed below…
Nobody likes to find a stray hair while dining out, but it may actually be far worse than the random stray hair. In order to extend the shelf life of several bread-based products, the amino acid that is found in hair proves to help with the lifespan of these foods, which is why they are added to bread-based products such as pizza and fast-food. Oftentimes this hair is obtained in the form of hog hair and duck feathers.
Wood pulp and cotton may be in those foods that are considered fibrous. Evidently, the wood helps to reduce the fat content and ‘pad out’ foods like packaged bread. Take a peek at the packaging on bread and burritos the next time you eat them.
In order to achieve coloring for certain foods, cochineal beetles are dried then crushed, in a method that released the color. Beetles are used for red food dye, but they are also used in your food in the following ingredients: carmine, E120, and natural red 4. Keep your eyes peeled for these ingredients.
Nobody wants to hear that their food is filled with antifreeze, but unfortunately, the ingredient is fairly prominent in frozen dairy desserts and baked goods. Propylene glycol helps to thicken and add flavor to these food items. It also helps to prevent fat clumping together in ready-made cake mixes. Keep in mind that it is the key ingredient in antifreeze.
Surely you’ve heard of Turtle Wax before. This product is a go-to for giving your car that ultimate shine. Evidently, it can also be added to the sweets that you enjoy. Its purpose is to keep product shiny and bright, which is why it’s used in gummy sweets, doughnuts, and shoe polish.
Artificial Caramel Coloring
If you are a soda drinker, you may want to be on the lookout for this ingredient. While it has been banned in the USA because it is responsible for causing intestinal problems, it can still be found in other artificial products. It can also be found in meats and muffins, giving them that desired rich brown color.
Another reason to stay away from soda is the BVO or Brominated Vegetable Oil that is used to prevent the flavoring from separating and floating to the top. This ingredient is also used as a flame retardant in some plastics and furniture. Citrus flavored soda doesn’t sound all that appetizing anymore, does it?
Tert-Butylhydroquinone is usually found at the petrol pump, but it’s also a preservative for our favorite high fat treats. Chances are that if you have a fairly high-fat diet, then you are most likely exceeding the recommended safe daily allowance of TBHQ. It’s usually listed as E319 and it is often used in the production of varnish and biodiesel.