Do you keep a watchful eye on what you eat? Well, for most people, being keen on what they feed their stomachs, goes as far as checking the label on food items they buy. However, there is more to most food items than what their label says.
For example, have you ever thought of what makes that sausage that you can’t go for a week without eating? How about the processes used in making most of the yummy foods that you eat daily?
Some of the foods that you eat contain additives and non-food elements that will make you forget about ever eating even your favorite food if only you knew about it.
Below, we take a look at the behind the scene of 10 foods that you are probably eating right now! After this, you will never want to have anything to do with them ever! Especially number 4 may be shocking to you!
10. Canned Mushrooms
So, have taken it as a habit to go for canned mushrooms as a shortcut to get meals fast on your plate? Its probably because you didn’t know that FDA has specified that a can of mushroom may contain 20 or more maggots.
Yes, you read it right! The delicious plate of mushroom on your table right now maybe containing those wiggly white worms that grow in rotting meat. Maggots are among the offensive material that happens to be processed but at acceptable levels. However, canned mushrooms happen to be the worst of the worst.
9. Chicken Nuggets
Whereas you may have heard that chicken nuggets are made with pink slim, it’s a lie. However, the process of making them isn’t any better. While the meat used in making chicken nuggets is ground chicken breast, you will be disappointed to know that it only makes up around 50% of the nugget.
Ground chicken skin, blood vessels, fat, connective tissues, and bones make up the rest. The nuggets also have binders and fillers, sugar, and starch. So next up is quite an interesting one
8. Coffee Creamer
Are you the type that can’t take their coffee without adding a coffee creamer? Well, its time you stopped using it. Even though these creamers give your cup of coffee the color and consistency of cream, you will be disappointed to know they are made of oil.
Thickening agents and emulsifiers are used to give that smooth mouthfeel that makes you look forward to the next cup of coffee. Carrageenan is one of the main ingredients used in this, and it’s known to cause digestive problems and inflammation.
Other ingredients added to give the desired consistency include cellulose gel and cellulose gum, which are derived from cotton or wood pulp. Even though powdered creamers are obtained from actual cream, they highly flammable. What’s more, they have a sickening taste! Next is: Mountain Dew!
7. Mountain Dew
This drink contains so many chemicals that you will never want to come across even its label leave alone the bottle anywhere near you after you learn about it.
The citrus flavor that draws many people to this drink is created using Brominated vegetable oil or BVO. This is a flame-retardant chemical that causes nerve disorders, memory loss, and skin lesions when victims are exposed to it for long.
BVO has been banned in Japan and Europe. Other drinks that contain this chemical include Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Fanta Orange, Fresca Original Citrus, Sunkist Pineapple, and Powerade Strawberry Lemonade. So, next time you long for caffeine or want to quest thirst, avoid Mountain Dew or the other mentioned drinks. Next is: Cheese!
Most vegetarians will go for cheese with the belief that its production doesn’t result in animal deaths. However, you may be surprised to know that most cheeses contain a compound known as rennet, which is conventionally found in nursing calves’ stomachs.
However, this is not even a big deal. A greater part of rennet used in making cheese today is genetically engineered through inserting cow DNA into specific yeasts, bacteria, and fungi.
5. Shredded Cheese
Have you ever noted that pre-shredded cheese has a different texture from what you make at home? The reason behind texture variation is the significant amount of wood pulp found in bagged shredded cheese.
Besides, bagged cheese has a hygroscopic material to prevent clumping back together during shipping. So, instead of going for shredded cheese, take your time to shred some for yourself. It’s worth it! Next is: Salad!!
4. Salad Dressing
Adding salad dressing is something we all do to make our lettuce tasty. Right? So, do you make your salad or do you buy ready-made? The latter is what many people prefer. If you fall into the category that chooses ready-made salads, you will be surprised to learn that while you are making your plate tastier, you are exposing yourself to something deadly in the future – Stomach cancer.
This is because most commercial salad dressings get that attractive white color from a nanoparticle called titanium dioxide, which is known to cause stomach cancer when consumed in high amounts. To be safe, make your salad dressing. It may be time-consuming, but you aren’t compromising your health. Next is: Beer and Ice Cream!
Are you wondering how that frosty glass of beer ended up in a list of 10 foods that you should never touch again, yet it’s not food? Well, not all of them. The stunning see-through amber beers are the types you need to keep away from. Besides being processed using a nasty fermentation process, these beers consist of an ingredient known as isinglass, which makes them have that clear and amber color that most people love.
Isinglass is a type of gelatin made from dried fish bladders, which explains why the beer in your hands right now ended up being one of the foods you should avoid. Gelatin is known to cause belching, bloating, heartburn, and allergic reactions.
2. Vanilla Ice Cream
When you make it from home, ice cream ordinarily consists of flavoring, milk, cream, sugar, and eggs. However, when the comes to mass production, things are done differently where a stabilizer called castoreum most likely added in commercial ice creams.
Even though it’s not a big deal, you should probably know that castoreum is secreted from the anal glands of beavers. Yuck! Relax, you may be relieved because the ingredient is not widely used because it’s not easy to harvest it. The last one is: Frozen Meals!
1. Frozen Meals
Topping on our list of 10 foods you will never touch is frozen meals. These foods which come in huge variety may come handy when you are hungry but short of time to prepare a meal. However, these foods contain vast amounts of artificial preservatives and salt to make them edible when they come out of freezing.
These foods may stay frozen for many years before you consume them, which by then they have completely changed from what the label on the box says or portrays them to be.
Next time you feel hungry or thirsty, you should stay clear of the above 10 foods. You may have made them your favorite dish, but its because you didn’t know what you were into. But now you know! Don’t compromise your health anymore.