7 Creepiest Food Facts.
We rounded up the bizarre things you may not know about some common foods. All foods mentioned are considered safe to consume, but these facts may lead you to think before you eat.
1.THE AVERAGE FAST FOOD PATRON EATS 12 PUBIC HAIRS IN A GIVEN YEAR.
2.A STRAWBERRY MCDONALD’S MILK SHAKE CONTAINS 50 ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS
Apparently, real strawberries are expensive. So fast food companies like McDonald’s choose to use a ridiculous concoction of 50 chemicals to effectively imitate the flavor of one real-world food. These chemicals include ethyl acetate, phenythyl alcohol and solvent.
3.THIS IS WHERE CHICKEN NUGGETS COME FROM.
Before reshaping, foods like chicken nuggets, hot dogs, bologna and pepperoni look like a disgusting sludge of pink paste. This is done through a process called mechanical separation, which is a cost-effective way to “smooth out” bone remnants left after the de-boning process. The process results in excessive bacteria, which is fixed by washing the meat in ammonia. To cover up that delicious ammonia flavor, the meat is then re-flavored artificially and dyed to resemble to type of meat it once was.
McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are typically offered as an example of a popular MSP-based food, since 2003 that product has been made with all white meat rather than MSP.
4.THERE ARE BUGS AND RODENT HAIR IN YOUR PEANUT BUTTER.
FDA laws allow for an average of 30 insect fragments per 100 grams of peanut butter. In that same half cup of peanut butter, you’ll also find at least one rodent hair (on average).
5. SHELLAC IS AN IMPORTANT INGREDIENT IN JELLY BEANS.
Shellac is a type of finishing product that is typically used to improve the shine of wood and furniture. However, it can also be used to improve the shine of certain foods, such as jelly beans. Where does shellac come from? Why, it’s secreted by an insect in Thailand called the Kerria Iacca of course!
6.VARIOUS VIRUSES CAN BE FOUND ON PROCESSED LUNCH MEAT
Food production companies have long sought ways to combat unhealthy microbes found on processed foods such as lunch meat and hot dogs. A few years ago, the FDA approved the use of bacteriophages (a.k.a. viruses) that help kill these dangerous microbes. So, basically, viruses are purposely being added to your food to improve shelf life.
7.IF NOT FOR ONE INGREDIENT, DRINKING A CAN OF COKE WOULD MAKE YOU VOMIT.
While cocaine was long taken out of Coca-Cola long ago, the current formula is still formulated to get you high. Each can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. In normal circumstances, the extreme sweetness of this much sugar would immediately cause you to vomit uncontrollably. However, since all that sugar is addictive and keeps you coming back for more, Coca-Cola adds phosphoric acid ,an ingredient that cuts the sweetness to manageable levels.