I came across an article on Huffington and I was just absolutely disgusted. It distilled in me why I stay away from processed foods and started to eat clean. I really didn’t realize what ingredients were in my food, and that’s scary. Maybe this will serve as an eye opener for all of you, who tend to turn to processed food as a solution to feed your hunger. Remember there are ALWAYS alternatives and healthier ones in fact!
If you care where your health is going and will be in the years to come, get educated on what you’re putting in your mouth and stomach. You should be able to answer, what the ingredients are in your food and more times than none you don’t know or can’t pronounce them.
Check out below some of the odd/gross ingredients you will find in your food and how its being used.
What it is: Extract from beaver perineal glands
Where you’ll find it: “Natural flavoring is defined by the FDA as any substance extracted, distilled or otherwise derived from ‘natural’ materials, such as plant or animal matter,” Bradley explains. “In the case of strawberry and raspberry flavorings, some natural berry flavors may actually be enhanced by castoreum.” It’s also sometimes taken (intentionally) in supplement form
What it is: A salt compound comprised of nitrogen
Chemicals with ammonia are typically added to neutralize a food that’s too acidic, says Doyle, which can affect texture. It’s safe in the amounts it is used in foods, he says, but admits it will certainly be startling to many people, who may only be familiar with it as a heavy-duty cleaner.
What it is: An amino acid made from human hair or duck feathers
Where you’ll find it: Used as a dough conditioner in some bread products, Bradley says, which can improve the texture and feel of products, as well as prolong their shelf life.
Feathers and hair are readily-available waste products that would cost more money to dispose of, says Doyle, and since both are protein, they can be digested down to amino acids.
What it is: Also known as silica, it’s most often present as quartz or sand
It’s added to foods as an anti-caking agent, to keep them from clumping, explains Doyle.
What it is: A chemical related to the mined metallic element titanium, according to Rodale
Where you’ll find it: Sunscreen. It’s a UV light absorber, says Doyle, but also works as a lightener in foods. It’s often used to whiten skim milk, which, after the fat is removed, can appear slightly blue, he says. It may also be used in salad dressings, coffee creamers and frosting, according to Men’s Health.
What it is: A processing agent
What it is: Secretions from a bug native to Thailand, Health.com reports
Where you’ll find it: Coating your favorite shiny sweets, like jelly beans. Look for it on ingredients lists as “confectioner’s glaze.”
What it is: Charred cattle bones
Where you’ll find it: While it’s used less and less in foods these days, says Bradley, it was historically used to make sugar appear whiter and more pure.
What it is: Wood pulp
Where you’ll find it: In shredded cheese, salad dressings, chocolate milk and more, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s added to foods to keep them from clumping by blocking moisture, and can thicken foods in the pace of oil or flour, which cost more.
I’d love to know if after reading this you are going to take an active roll in cleaning up your eating habits? Let me know with a comment below!