We cook daily for ourselves, for our kids, and for our spouses. We make coffee runs and grab ice cream cones on hot summer days for the kids. We go to fancy restaurants on date nights and eat breakfast in bed on days off. Simply put, food is an essential part of our everyday lives. Since we can’t go without it, it’s important that we learn some important facts about food we may not already know, some of which may even surprise us!
It is really shocking to know how gross these top 10 food facts are and how regularly we consume gross foods while being subjected and influenced by their advertising. You may really want to reconsider buying these things after reading this top ten article.
10. Extra Ingredients in Wine.
When grapes are harvested for wine making, the machine shakes the grapes off of their vines. But this also means that insects, rodents, and birds come off as well. Cheap wine makers seldom sort the grapes before pressing, so all of that extra stuff goes directly into the wine. Expensive makers have sorting tables, and can remove up to 99% of the MOG (material other than grapes). That means that 1% or more of the juice in the wine is most likely dead animals. One guy found some dead mice in the wine press. So if you see a cheap wine for $10, don’t buy it. It’s for your own good!
9. Pesticides in Fruits.
According to an environmental activist group, more than 90% of peaches, apples, strawberries, and nectarines that were tested were found to contain pesticides – even after washing and peeling. Interestingly enough, 99% of Americans tested positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn’t been used in the United States since 1972.
8. Peanut Butter contains insect fragments.
According to FDA, peanut butter sometimes have 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams and one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams. So, an 18-ounce jar has 510 grams, meaning that every jar has 150-plus insect fragments and five or at times more rodent hairs.
7. McDonald’s Milkshakes.
McDonald’s milk shakes has a ludicrous mixture of 50 chemicals, such as ethyl acetate, phenethyl alcohol, and solvent to emulate the flavour of real strawberries. They also contain a seaweed extract called carrageenan, which is used as a thickener and emulsifier.
6. Common Ingredient in Bread comes from Hair.
If you read the ingredients label on a bread you buy in grocery stores, you would find an ingredient named L-cysteine. It is a non-essential amino acid added to all sorts of baked goods as a dough conditioner in order to speed industrial processing. It’s usually not added to flour you use at home. While some L-cysteine is directly synthesized in laboratories, most of it is extracted from a cheap and abundant natural protein source: human hair. The hair is dissolved in acid and L-cysteine is isolated through a chemical process. Other sources of L-cysteine include chicken feathers, duck feathers, cow horns and petroleum byproducts. Yikes!
5. There were no tomatoes in Italian food, peanuts in Thai food, or chili peppers in Indian food before Columbus.
When you think about getting Italian food, something that probably comes to mind is tomato sauce. Thai peanut sauce is recognized around the world, as is the spiciness of Indian food which originates from chili peppers. Yet when Columbus set forth westward from Europe, none of these ingredients were existent in recipes.
Tomatoes, peanuts and chili peppers are all harvested in the Americas and so were unknown in the Old World prior to Columbus’ explorations. Tomatoes were originally domesticated in Peru and quickly spread to Mexico as well. Peanuts were also domesticated in the Amazon, while chili peppers appear to have been domesticated separately in both South and Central America. All three were important crops to many cultures in the New World thousands of years before Europeans included them in their recipes.
4. A mouse was once found baked in bread.
Stephen Forse, from Kidlington, bought a loaf of bread from a Bicester store in 2009. He was shocked to find a dead mouse in his product while making sandwiches for his kids. Premier Foods, which baked the bread, was fined £16,821.14 after the firm admitted it had failed to ensure all stages of food production were protected against cross contamination.
3. A dead frog was once found in a Pepsi can.
Fred DeNegri was grilling in his backyard when he cracked open a can of Diet Pepsi, took a thirsty gulp and then started throwing up. The flavor of his Pepsi was rank and the texture was like slime. He immediately took it to a sink and shook out the contents until something pink slid out. Despite the constant shaking, a heavy object remained inside the can. Completely disgusted, the DeNegris immediately called poison control and the FDA, and the can was taken in for lab testing to identify the source of the sludgy mess. The couple received a copy of the completed report from the Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs, which concluded the foreign object appeared to be a frog or a toad.
2. Packaged Meats are injected with salt water.
Out of all packaged meats, approximately 30% of poultry, 15% of beef, and 90% of pork are injected with saline water to make them appear fuller. Luckily, the USDA is working to get those additives put on labels next year.
1. Chickens in the US contain FDA approved arsenic.
70 percent of chickens raised for our consumption in the US are given the FDA approval food additive arsenic and is widely used as an antibiotic. Unfortunately, it gets worse. Much of the arsenic ends up in chickens’ poop, which is then generally used as fertilizer on fields for growing other foods. Still skeptical? Check this out. Mind you, we probably shouldn’t be surprised, considering the FDA recently approve beaver ass juice for consumption.