Gross Hidden Ingredients In Your Food Will Make You Sick

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cerealSo I really, really hope you're not eating any sort of food-type item while you read this. Unless, that is, you're trying to lose weight. Because you know that thing you have called an appetite? Kiss it goodbye! Here's why: As it turns out, Pink Slime is far from alone in the "incomprehensibly nasty stuff that shouldn't be in your food but IS" category. Far, far from alone. In fact, it's getting kinda crowded up in here.

Just in case you ARE eating and would like to continue eating, I'll wait until after the jump to tell you, specifically, what nasty stuff is hiding in your food (ha! How's that for a "spoiler" alert?). I'll just tell you which foods to watch out for. Ready? Here goes: Candy, aspirin, chicken, gum, cereal, bread, cheese, beer and fruit.

(You just spit your sandwich out on the keyboard, didn't you?)

Okay, now for the really gross part. From shellac made from beetle juice (candy, aspirin, fruit) to anti-depressants and other over-the-counter and prescription drugs (chicken) to sheep oil (gum) to wood pulp (cereal) to feathers (bread) to hog stomach gland extract (cheese) to fish bladders (beer), none of these disgusting additives accidentally fell in a mixing vat or something. All of these questionable ingredients are in there ON PURPOSE.

That's right, they all serve some sort of purpose (the shine on candy, say, or the fiber in cereal) that could most likely be better served with not-so-blech ingredients for not-so-little money. In other words, cheapskate food producers are responsible for that belly full of feathers and fish bladders you've got there.

What's the moral of this horror story? Well, here's a tip: Most of these ingredients masquerade on labels as less nefarious-sounding items (gum base=sheep oil, cellulose=wood pulp), so do some research before you buy. Beyond that, well ... just cross your fingers and hope for the best with every bite, I guess.

Which of these gross hidden ingredients grosses you out the most?


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babyb... babybluejess12

So? The only thing I have a problem with are the drugs in chicken... Everything else is no real big deal

Laura Jerdak

What's wrong with wood pulp?  More cellulose = more fiber!

Laura Jerdak

By the way, cellulose is a major component of plants (makes up 33%), so you might want to avoid all plant material from now on if you have a problem with it.

nonmember avatar kaerae

You know what else is lurking in your body? A FRIGGING IMMUNE SYSTEM! Relax, try to enjoy life once in a while!

JessL... JessLogansMommy

Shellac is a whole lot safter than some of those chemical dyes and coatings out there, i'd rather eat me some bugs :)

MeowLove MeowLove

the beetle juice (dont say it 3 times!!!!) im mortally frightened of beetles, but luckily the only candy i eat is resses lol

Kimbyann Kimbyann

I knew all this.... and don't really care

kisse... kisses5050

you will eat a chicken breast but not part of its feather? You will eat a cows rib but not a beetle wing? You will eat an apple but not a little wood ? Oooooook

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I was just telling my son today that some cereals have wood in them and he didn't believe me until I made him read this post. Hard to beleive I just used the Stir as a scientifically credible source of information to win an argument but I'm sure stranger things have happened.

Autoc... Autoclave239

MEH. Maybe the anti-depressants. But who cares about the rest? Even pink slime I am ambivalent about. As long as it is all cooked through, I couldn't care less.

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