1. HairA majority of people on this planet will have found a hair in their food at some point and been mildly disgusted. However, these people are clearly oblivious to the fact that they’re consuming products made with human hair on a daily basis. L-Cysteine is an amino acid used to soften dough in mass produced baked goods. Disturbingly, it is made from duck feathers and HUMAN hair. It is estimated that 80% of L-Cysteine is made of human hair, however McDonald’s uses the duck feather variety in their Baked Hot Apple Pie and Warm Cinnamon Roll, which is quackers!
2. AntifreezeMost houses in this world possess a bottle of antifreeze. However, it is kept out of reach in the garage for use on the car and NOT in the kitchen cupboard. However, in many cake manufacturers antifreeze can be found mixed in amongst with other, more conventional, ingredients. Why? The potent substance stops fat from clumping together, just like it stops the water from forming a mini iceberg in your car. If you want to avoid consuming it, then you’ll need to banish ice-cream, soft drinks, many frozen desserts, cake icing and artificial sweeteners.
3. Saw DustDo you love cheese? (of course you do). Do you love sawdust? As apparently in the food industry there is a very fine line between the two. Cellulose, or virgin wood pulp (a fancy way of saying sawdust) is a common ingredient found in shredded cheese. However, it is not just shredded cheese that is mixed with the stuff as it is also used by Kellogg’s to make their famous Eggos and Cinnabon pancakes. It can also be found in several products from Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Kraft, Jack In The Box, KFC and McDonald’s.
4. BeetlesRed food coloring looks rather unnatural, and that’s because it is. The vibrant color is made from boiled and ground cochineal bugs – a type of beetle. The official name for the ingredient is carmine, and it can be found in practically anything red in color. So, next time you chew on a red colored Rainbow Mento you are really chomping on bugs. It can also be found in cinnamon flavored Werther’s Originals, Betty Crocker’s Red Velvet cake mix and Starbuck’s strawberry or raspberry flavored Creme Frapp’s.
5. Beaver anal gland secretions
Castoreum, a mixture of a beaver’s anal secretions and urine, is found in food products, alcoholic beverages and perfume. The FDA-approved product is listed under “natural flavoring” on food packaging, so you won’t even know you’re eating it.
6. WaxHave you ever wondered how Haribo’s Starmix is so chewy? Well, it is down to the fact that it is essentially a lump of wax. Thankfully not ear wax or candle wax, but the kind of wax that you would use to clean your car. The product is also used in shoe polish, gravy sauces, chewing gum and the glazing on some doughnuts – D’oh!
7. Flame retardantWhen Britney Spears sang ‘Toxic’, she was making illicit substances attractive. However, nothing could make eating flame retardant desirable. When eating something spicy, washing it down with a gulp of Mountain Dew should theoretically help as the sugary drink contains the flame retardant ingredient, Brominated Vegetable Oil. It is used to stop liquids from separating and floating to the top, but consumed in large quantities it can be incredibly harmful and can cause seizures. In fact, it is so lethal that Pepsi and Coca Cola vowed to remove it from their drinks in 2014.
8. Jet fuelWe have all seen the adverts for energy drinks, which claim to “give you wings”. However, that claim isn’t too far off the truth, as jet fuel is used in many products that you consume on a daily basis. BHT, a jet fuel additive, is used to preserve food for longer. Although, it isn’t guaranteed to preserve your body for longer. The substance is most commonly found in breakfast cereals. It is so toxic and controversial that General Mills, the parent company to brands such as Häagen Dazs, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Jus-Rol and Yoplait, vowed to remove it from their products in 2015.
9. MaggotsAlarmingly the FDA legally allows there to be 19 maggots and 74 mites in a 3.5 ounce can of mushrooms. Ew.
10. Dried Fish BladderHave you ever wondered why vegan beer exists? It’s because a majority of pints that you are throwing down your gullet is seeping with dried fish bladders. Yuck! But there is plenty more where that cam from! Do you want to know the truth about your olive oil? Then this video will tell you. Be warned, it’s not what you’re expecting…