Are you a foodie? Kya aap foodie hai? Tumhi foodie ahat kaa? If the answer to the question is yes then this article is probably not for you or maybe it is. You love food and that is why you are here reading an article about it. You may think you know the food that you are eating but you are wrong. From the lettuce leaf in the burger to every schezwan sauce you dipped your chicken crispy into, all have a background story. To put it mildly, some of it is not so nice. We bring you some freaky food facts that may lead you to think before you eat.
Shellac is made from bug excrement
Remember the shiny coating on jellybeans? Well, It’s called Shellac and is made from a resin excreted by the female lac beetle, indigenous to India and Thailand. It is also sprayed on apples to make them look glossy. So, the next time you are at a convenience store, look out for them.
Acceptable levels of rodent hair and insects
Have you ever found a hair in your curry? It might belong to a rodent, and according to Food and Drug Administration, it might not be a food safety infraction. FDA provides guidelines for the general cleanliness of food, outlining the amount microbiological or extraneous matter that can be present before it is considered a food safety issue. Extraneous matter includes “animal and insect filth such as excreta, hairs, feather barbules, whole or parts of insects.” Are you hungry now?
Gelatin is made from cattle hide and pork skin
It’s widely used in making desserts like jelly powders, marshmallows and frozen cakes. The source for gelatin is collagen of animal skin and bones.
Honey is made of nectar and bee vomit
If you believe that honey is made from flower nectar then you are partially right. Bees use their digestive systems to process the nectar by swallowing and regurgitating it several times before finally depositing it into the honeycomb for evaporation and storage. Revenge of the bees!
Tea and coffee contains a known carcinogen
FDA permits three food additives for decaffeination of tea and coffee: carbon dioxide, ethyl acetate and methylene chloride. The last two are chemical solvents that strip the caffeine from green coffee beans or tea leaves. Methylene chloride is a known carcinogen. And we thought cigarettes do the trick.
Some foods are exposed to radiation
Irradiation is the process by which food is exposed to a controlled amount of iodizing radiation in order to increase shelf life and kill harmful bacteria. Health Canada determines the foods that may be irradiated. Potatoes, onions are subjected to irradiation.
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