Not knowing what’s in your food can turn your stomach when you do find out. So, put down that grilled chicken sandwich and join me as we explore 5 of today’s creepiest food facts. After reading you just might want to leave that sandwich right where you left it.
1. That much sugar really should make you sick.
Each can of Coca-Cola contains a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar. This is over 100 percent more than your recommended daily allowance. Under normal operation, your body would cause you to vomit uncontrollably if you were to ingest such abnormal amounts of sweetness. The Coca-Cola company relying on the addictive nature of sugar adds phosphoric acid to the recipe to cut the sweetness to levels that your body can manage which in turn keeps you coming back for more of that carbonated sweetness.
2. Viruses to better preserve your lunch.
It has long been known by many that processed foods such as hot-dogs and certain lunch meats contain dangerous microbes resulting from the processing procedure itself, causing premature spoilage. What you may not know is that in recent years, the FDA has approved a rather creepy method to combat this by purposely adding bacteriophage or what you may better know as viruses to kill off the unhealthy microbes and better preserve your Ballpark franks and such.
3. What you might have thought to be a healthy choice.
When in a rush hungry health-conscious eaters may be tempted to order a crisp prepackaged salad from the drive-thru window at the nearest fast-food joint. As it turns out, though it may seem to be a healthy choice, nearly nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that in order to keep that packaged salad crisp and tasty they are often sprayed with a concentrated form of propylene glycerol, most commonly found in antifreeze which is a known cause of skin and eye irritation.
4. Surprise, beef is in your chicken sandwich.
Officially listed as “beef extract” or “beef essence” a surprisingly large number of chicken-based menu items such as chicken nuggets and grilled chicken sandwiches contain beef additives in an effort by fast food restaurants to enhance flavor and boost nutritional stats. That could be a huge problem for a devout Hindu, let alone you and I.
5. Insects in your peanut butter have been approved.
Here’s a tidbit I’m fairly sure you’ve never run across yet. Per every 100 grams of peanut butter the FDA will make allowance for up to 30 dead insect fragments. You just might want to think about that when reaching for that economy sized jar of Jiffy.
6. Health hype you shouldn’t buy into.
Though often stated to be made from all white meat, processed meats such as hot-dogs, chicken nuggets, bologna, etc. are the result of a process known in the food processing industries as mechanical separation which invariably leads to excessive bacteria. The cost-effective fix for this is to wash the pinkish paste with ammonia which is then dyed and artificially flavored to resemble something edible.