The Ingredients of your Ingredients

1 Feb

So, what the fuck is in your food?

Some pretty nasty shit. Here’s to decoding some of the myth of food mix-ins. Get your barf bucket handy.

 

Propylene glycol: This chemical is very similar to ethylene glycol, a dangerous anti-freeze. This less-toxic cousin  prevents products from becoming too solid. Some ice creams have this  ingredient; otherwise you’d be eating ice.

 

Carmine: Commonly found in red food coloring, this chemical comes from crushed cochineal, small red beetles that burrow into cacti. Husks of the beetle are ground up and forms the basis for red coloring found in foods ranging from cranberry juice to M&Ms.

 

Shellac: Yes, this chemical used to finish wood products also gives some candies their sheen. It comes from the female Lac beetle.

 

L-cycsteine: This common dough enhancer comes from hair, feathers, hooves and bristles.

 

Lanolin (gum base): Next time you chew on gum, remember this. The goopiness of gum comes from lanolin, oils from sheep’s wool that is also used  for vitamin D3 supplements.

 

Silicon dioxide: Nothing weird about eating sand, right? This anti-caking agent is found in many foods including shredded cheese and fast food chili.

 

Taken from The Sideshow, a blog on Yahoo!

Written by Eric Pfieffer.

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