Almost everyone has a Facebook friend who posted that photo of the nasty pink slime that’s supposedly in chicken nuggets. While that may have deterred you from McDonald’s, it seems that even the healthiest and most innocuous of foods have some pretty gross ingredients. Click here to find out what’s really in lots of chicken, cereal, cheese and more!
1. Cereal: wood pulp. An ingredient called cellulose is included in many cereals we eat, and it’s primarily made from “nontoxic wood pulp or cotton.” And those healthy, fiber-filled cereals? They have more of it than the average brand.
2. Antidepressants in chicken. I have plenty of friends who prefer not to take medication unless it’s an emergency. So they won’t be thrilled to hear that traces of “banned antibiotics, antidepressants, allergy medications, arsenic…caffeine, and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs” have been found in feathers from chicken farms. Sadly, I just bought a bag of frozen chicken breast yesterday, and now am sorely tempted to pitch it.
3. Cow enzymes in cheese. The idea of having “cow enzymes” in your cheddar may not seem that gross. But these enzymes come from a less-than-palatable source: “the fourth stomach of newborn calves.” And it’s often mixed with another enzyme that’s extracted from hogs’ stomachs. Try to break this news to your vegetarian friends gently; cheese is a hard thing to lose.
4. Duck feathers in bread. Ah, there’s nothing quite like a airy slice of bread, right? Well the reason that slice may be so fluffy is because it’s literally filled with duck feathers. Your bagels, cookies, pies and other wheat-filled treats may be, too.
I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, but it’s really discouraging when everything seems to be filled with weird ingredients these days. Even though it may be a little harder on my wallet, I suppose I’ll just stick to buying organic as much as I can. Until a new study comes out next week saying how bad that is for me.
Head on over to the source to see even more strange ingredients and to read more details about the ones above! [via ABC]
What do you think of this list?