Top 5 Creepy Things That Could Be Hiding in Your Food

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When it comes to food, most of us don’t want to play Russian roulette. We want to know exactly what we’re eating and what it’s made of. No mystery ingredients. However, food manufacturers have become particularly savvy these days. Many ingredients listed on the back of food products are unrecognizable. But, if you were to do a little digging, you’d quickly discover that many of the ingredients in the foods you eat are downright creepy.

5 Antifreeze (Propylene Glycol)

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Just when you thought antifreeze was a car-only product. Not only has this transparent liquid snuck into our everyday products, from moisturizer and deodorant to cosmetics, it is now being included in our food. Yes, food. It is commonly found in such edible delights as cake mix, low-fat ice cream and salad dressing. But, wait. It doesn’t stop there. Even our pets are not immune. Antifreeze is now making special appearances in dog food. We wonder what’s next. Baby food?


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The fourth creepy ingredient on our list is TBHQ, a form of butane. Sounds like something we should be putting in our cars, right? Originally used in lighters, butane has now graduated to being used as an artificial antioxidant, which keeps certain foods tasting fresh, like chicken nuggets. Bummer, we know. You’ll never look at chicken nuggets the same. However, nuggets aren’t the only food butane is used in. It is also commonly found in frozen, pre-made and packaged foods; pretty much anything that requires a long shelf life. Think cereal bars, crackers, chips, frozen dinners and, of course, fast food.

3 Fertilizer (Ammonium Sulfate)

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In our opinion, fertilizer belongs in one place and one place only: on the ground in and around crops. Not in our bodies. Yet chemical companies have successfully marketed the product to food manufacturers as “yeast” for bread. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned, you know, yeast? Apparently, this ingredient is popular among fast food chains which use it in their baked goods.

2 Estrogen

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Estrogen? In food? How can that be? Well, if you like milk, especially with your cereal in the morning, you’ve had a shot of estrogen. Apparently, milk manufacturers like to keep their cows barefoot and pregnant all year round, which means they are constantly lactating. Non-stop lactation means the hormones that come with it, i.e. estrogen, are transferred from the cow to its milk to you. So every time you have a glass of milk, eat a bowl of cereal, add a little cream to your coffee or have a bowl of ice cream, you’re getting a dose of estrogen.

1 Human Hair and Duck Feathers

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First of all, if we wanted to eat human hair, we would just eat our own. At least then we would know where the hair has been. That’s a luxury we don’t have when we ingest L-cysteine, an amino acid used to condition and make dough pliable. The two most common sources of L-cysteine are human hair and duck feathers, although experts claim the “ingredient” is now primarily derived from duck feathers. Many fast food restaurants use L-cysteine in their baked goods. For instance, McDonald’s uses L-cysteine in its apple pie, wheat roll and cinnamon roll.

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