5 Disgusting Food Additives You`ve Eaten Today

Submitted by: funfever 9 years ago in Science
http://www.cracked.com/article_15982_5-horrifying-food-additives-youve-probably-eaten-today.html

Wonder what some of those ingredients on the the nutrition labels of your favorite foods are? (Don"t eat while reading.)
There are 59 comments:
Male 28
Your spit?
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Female 250
Ugh...................my drink that says "other natural flavors" has something really nasty in it, doesn`t it....?
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Female 1,244
That didn`t gross me out..I`m hungry now and I want some jelly beans..and also..it`s better that it comes from nature instead of staying it`s ground of metal or something
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Male 2,395
OMG I`m scared now. :(
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Female 462
This doesn`t gross me out -that- much.
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Male 265
I only eat alot of pussy..non of this poo
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Female 1,572
they`re not that gross
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Female 339
Arghh too many big words to understand whats going on.
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Male 552
Meh, whatever. It tastes good.
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Female 184
this really didnt phase me at all, considering im filipino and ive been exposed to what some people would consider "gross" foods. i love it however, and that crap was nothing compared to the stuff i CONSCIOUSLY jam down my throat. seriously people, whoever wrote that blog is either a fag with a weak stomach, a picky eater, or just making something out of nothing. RELAX.
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Female 458
Wow.. food comes from things in nature. SURPRISE!
:-|
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Female 601
Meh. Tastes good :)

They forgot l-cysteine.

"At the present time, the cheapest source of material from which food-grade L-cysteine may be purified in high yield is by hydrolysis of human hair. Other sources include feathers and pig bristles. The companies producing cysteine by hydrolysis are located mainly in China. There is some debate as to whether or not consuming L-cysteine derived from human hair constitutes cannibalism. Although many other amino acids were accessible via fermentation for some years, L-cysteine was unavailable until 2001 when German company Wacker Chemie introduced a production route via fermentation (non-human, non-animal origin)."

Yummy.

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Male 437
mmmm horse fries
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Male 608
well. I`m hungry. seriously. i am
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Male 108
Also, if you think that this is gross, go do yourself a favor and read Upton Sinclair`s "The Jungle".
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Male 108
Yeah, don`t care. Also, it`s hog lard McDonalds used, not beef lard. Besides, as told to me by my first year college history professor, food fried in natural animal lard tastes much better than food fried in vegetable oil... And frankly, I am inclined to believe him.
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Male 815
ha Necessary? It`s not necessary that I drink my own urine, but it`s sterile and I like how it tastes.
-Patches
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Male 425
Meh, whatever.
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Female 1,566
Not gross. :/
Me & my pile of Jelly Belly`s don`t care, as long as it tastes good.
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Male 203
meh, I expected worse. Most of these aren`t surprising. The way I see it, it hasn`t hurt me so far, so I`m cool with it.
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Female 1,212
Well, the bone char doesn`t bother me, knowing that bone meal`s sold in hardware store as a fertilizer for roses.
As for aspartame, it`s not good for the system anyway. You`re better off having splenda or sugar.
If only tap water could make you sterile! That`d be great for me.
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Female 857
Mmm, zesty.
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Male 3,310
Didn`t have a problem with any of that. People need to get a grip and go live in Darfur where you might have something real to complain about.
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Female 98
What does not kill us makes us stronger......but honestly, some of the stuff ppl eat is just grosse and wrong. If you guys think that stuffs bad read the article on cracked about the 7 most disgusting foods in the world.
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Male 297
doesn`t bother me. i like most of those foods, and this doesn`t put me off at all.
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Male 166
everyone is such a "racialist"
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Male 1,111
Lol I like how everyone is freaking out and saying this stuff isn`t true. I trust most if not all of it because the Discovery Channel did a similar special on what was in food (mushed bugs for color included) and I trust their research more than a random website.


I`m with you Eichenkatze, doesn`t really get to me either.

And along the crushed bug idea. "natural food" in gardens for example contain bugs, feces, and tons of other things no matter how "organic" it is. So if people can eat those without thinking twice what`s the difference in eating a dressed up bug/feces/extract/bone etc.

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Male 778
This really had no effect on me. Your body has a nutural immunity to those "Disgusting" Viruses, and daily.. hell.. hourly you`re bombarded by more viruses than what they spray on that lunchmeat. And the viruses you get off your keyboard are your enemy.. not the one on your lunchmeat that actually keeps you healthier.
"Keep the suger suit for whitey" Wtf? they make it white because that`s the national view of sugar. A white grainy substance that is sweet. They do it to give a difference between Brown Sugar and White sugar. So "Whitey" can accept it. Give me a break. drating racist.

It`s like Kaleotera stated. People eat "Worse" things in other countries and by comparison are healthier with diet vs health. Hmm.. so if they have to crush a bug and extract it`s waste (which is ALL plant material btw) to make my red jelly bean.. then so be it. Protein baby!

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Male 1,029
Does that honestly bother anyone on this site?
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Female 2,196
not really gross or trustworthy
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Female 97
Even if this entire thing is absolutely true in every way, none of it is gross.
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Female 5
Well, that`s good to know. o.O
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Female 761
Hahahah the only thing I really payed attention to in this article is the use of the word "racialists". As for the sugar thing... well, I like Sugar in the Raw for that reason. Mmm... bacteriophages. Can`t wait to tell my biology teacher about that one.
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Male 244
Mmm. Jellybeans.
To clarify: I don`t care. I do care if it is potentially (read: with decent chance) harmful.
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Female 102
I was going to say something about steak coming from the processed flesh of dead cows, but kooshi beat me to it.
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Male 124
this is always boring - heres one i came across today though in an environmental chemistry lecture: Theres formaldehyde in the air!

Lol ok so i only mention it because i have a friend who`s scaremongering family beleive that aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde and pickles your organs ,also this is the same dude who once would only drink bottled water because he thought additives in the tap water supply would render him impotent

Well i drink tap water all the damn time and i`m quite virile, ladies you know how to get in touch

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Female 472
That article didnt bother me as much as I thought it would. Some people eat chocolate covered grasshoppers, whats the difference if we are eating something that comes from an insect.

Its all gotta come from somewhere.

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Male 2,113
thats jest creepy
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Female 44
meh.
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Female 158
This is ridiculous.
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Male 313
OMFG KNOW WHAT ELSE??? BURGERS ARE MADE FROM DEAD COWS!!!

interesting, but not gross at all.

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Female 74
So what? Milk is bacteria and its feces...
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Male 1,365
Valentines hearts with the romantic quotes on them are made from bonemeal(crushed bone from dead animals) and earwig honey(crushed earwig guts). I learned this on Futurama..and sadly..it`s true.
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Male 2,586
THEY ALWAYS GET THIS BLOODY WRONG!!!

And nicely put PerryRhodan - but they also made another mistake...

Cochineal is NOT made from beetles!!!
"which is just a more harrowing way of saying mashed red beetles"

Beetles are from the Order COLEOPTERA... Cochineal comes from a BUG - Order HEMIPTERA!!! - most notably Dactylopius coccus

Ok, granted Cochineal sounds awfully like Coccinella which is the family that ladybirds (ladybugs) are in but they are NOT the same!

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Female 157
http://www.cracked.com/article_14979_6-m...
Related to this article, just as disturbing, just as funny
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Male 73
I read this while eating Chinese food. Does that make me a bad person?
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Female 960
Mmmmmm, beetles.
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Female 67
none of that disgusted me.

you should hear what my father used to eat when he was out in the field (army), now that was nasty!

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Male 592
i love cracked.com
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Male 95
HOLY CRAP THEY MAKE FRENCH FRIES IN FAT AND WE DON`T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT NATURAL FLAVOR MEANS SO IT MUST BE POOOOIIIISSSSOOOOONNNNNNN!!!!

What a crock. Folks, if you`re healthy, your food has nothing wrong with it. If you`re eating out of a dumpster, yeah, you could probably improve your diet. I might point out that the mouth has more bacteria than any part of your body, and probably cultivates more things that could kill you or make you sick than anything from McDonalds or the grocery store. Hell, peanuts are making some kids go bonkers (something else I think is bullpoo...where were all these kids the past few hundred years?) so why are we worrying about the fact that red food coloring is made from an insect? Is it really that much more gross than putting a dead animal`s flesh in your mouth?

Grow a pair and quit being pansies. Christ.

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Male 10,440
This article is needlessly exaggerated, and some of it is just a plain lie. Even the parts that are true aren`t disgusting.

Obviously this was written by some system-hating crackpot liberal.

But seeing as how someone agrees with me, it compensates for the time I wasted reading it.

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Female 275

i just went to go check my yoplait yogurt and found: "natural flavor" and "colored with carmine"

.....i`m waiting for my gag reflex to start spasming, but suprisingly it doesn`t freak me out that much. i think i expected all that stuff to be in there subconciously :P

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Male 28
#5 Shellac comes from plants, not insect poo.
Hundreds of years ago people used to gather the resin of plants like Ficus religiosa,Ficus indica or Zizyphus jujuba after an insect had stung it.
These days they just poke the plants with a knife and gather the resin. Typical Internet bullpoo.
#4 Bones or bone char aren`t disgusting. It also does not come from obscure sources in foreign countries. It is certainly not made from pakistany roadkill. I know what gelatine is made of and still like gummy bears.
#3 Would you rather have something made from mineral oil and heavy metals?
#2 Plain bullpoo.
#1 Crackpot conspiracy story.
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Male 183
I like the way that, in #1, they talk about poor quality control scooping up insects with the p00, as if eating insect p00 was fine and dandy!
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Male 9,306
Gelatin comes from bone marrow, not a big deal. I eat Unagi. It`s freshwater Eel.
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Male 5,094
I knew about all them except for #1, and we might as well get used to that one too. Yay, genetics! Strange that they didn`t bring up Gelatin though.
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Male 363
I don`t know why people are so up in arms about this stuff. Gorrillas eat their own poop when their bored, and it doesn`t harm them any. I`m not suggesting we all start eating our own feces, but damn people relax. This stuff has been in your food for years and its never caused you any harm. Its not going to start now that you know about it.
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Male 183
What`s with the staggered posts today?
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Female 110
Link: 5 Disgusting Food Additives You`ve Eaten Today [Rate Link] - Wonder what some of those ingredients on the the nutrition labels of your favorite foods are? (Don`t eat while reading.)
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