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The Shocking and Disgusting Things That are Hiding in Your Meat and Processed Foods
Ever since the horsemeat scandal, more people than ever before are looking more closely at the food they eat. However, the sad truth is, no matter how many labels you read, you might be eating things you can’t even imagine. Besides the food additives, chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colors, you might be shocked to find out all the things that are in the foods the FDA says is safe.
1. Human Hair
It’s happened to all of us at one time or another: you sit down to a great meal and yuck, a hair! Although it’s virtually impossible to imagine that we won’t find a hair eventually, that’s not exactly what we are talking about here. Amino acids are part of the building blocks of your body, but not all amino acids are the same. One amino acid is used to prolong shelf life, L-Cysteine. This amino acid is found in chicken and duck feathers, even cow horns, but mostly it is used in food in the form of human hair. Seriously. L-Cysteine is made from human hair collected in China, then sold all over the world. So we aren’t talking about a stray hair every now and then finding its way into your food, we mean preservatives that are made from human hair.
You can avoid this by purchasing your bread from a local baker, as it’s not an additive you find in flour. L-Cysteine is in most supermarket breads and breads used in fast food joints.
2. Beaver WHAT?
Hold onto your hat. If you eat raspberry, strawberry, or vanilla ice cream, chances are very good that you are eating beaver anal glands and/or urine secretions. It’s true. Castoreum comes from the castor sacs of beavers, and is a popular food additive in ice cream. This is FDA approved and is even allowed to be called “natural flavoring.” Well, it is natural….for beavers! Make your own ice cream at home or try some other flavors!
3. Carbon Monoxide
You have heard of carbon monoxide poisoning, of course, but did you know that you are being exposed to this potentially lethal gas every time you eat beef? Beef is injected with carbon monoxide to extend shelf life and prevent spoilage.
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