#10 Human Hair
Odds are, you have consumed human hair this week. That’s because the compound L-Cysteine is made from human hair and duck feathers. L-Cysteine is added to many things as a flavor booster, including cookies, bagels and cakes.
Would you take a swig of anti-freeze? Probably not, but you do frequently sip on propylene glycol, which is the exact same thing. This product is added to salad dressings and other foods and liquids as a thickening agent.
#8 Biodiesel Additive
Despite its toxic nature, many products contain tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ). This is an additive that is added to fuels. However, it also helps extend the life of horrible things like chicken nuggets, cheese crackers and nail polish.
#7 Jet Fuel
The same stuff that powers jets – Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – is also used as a food additive to preserve things for an unnaturally long time. You might see BHT in the ingredients list of your favorite food, especially cereal.
If you’ve ever thought your soup tasted a little gritty, then you might be tasting the remnants of sand. As a food additive, it is referred to as silicon dioxide. The purpose of sand in your soup is to control humidity and stop liquids from clumping up.
#5 Flame Retardant
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) sounds innocent enough – what could go wrong with a little vegetable oil? It turns out, quite a lot! BVO is flame retardant that helps ensure that furniture does not go up in flames. It’s also added to your citrus-based sodas and may be responsible for neurological problems.
#4 Coal Tar
Food coloring is a common problem for a variety of foods. Initially, the food industry turned to coal tar to make synthetic coloring. The food industry doesn’t use this as much as it once did, but it now uses black oil as a replacement in just about any dyed foods.
#3 Beaver Anal Secretions
No one ever assumes that when they eat ice cream they are enjoying some good beaver secretions, but it’s true. Castoreum is a liquid found in castor sacs near a beaver’s anus. The food industry uses it frequently as a sub for vanilla flavoring.
#2 Insect Body Parts
Enjoy cookies, cakes and donuts? Then you have consumed some insect body parts. The Lac beetle is ground up to make the ingredient shellac, which keeps everything from furniture to candy shiny. The ingredient is referred to as confectioner’s glaze or red glaze. The ingredient carmine comes from smashed beetle shells and it is used in fruit juices and other red foods.
#1 Wood Pulp
Mmmm… delicious wood pulp! That’s what you’re actually doing when you eat low fat ice cream. Food researchers discovered that wood and other plant fibers can make the ice cream seem much creamier. The same pulps are added to some shredded cheese to stop it from clumping.