We hope you’re not hungry because this will make you lose appetite for a long time. Not to mention all the foods you might want to cross out from your groceries list and never let them back into your life again. Believe us, it will be worth it! From salad dressings to ready meals, marshmallows, and Skittles, the food industry is full of secrets, and today we’ll reveal some of the most unpleasant ones. Here are 10 foods you’ll never buy again after knowing how they were made.
Who can resist the sweet and delicious marshmallow? From rocky road cookies to s’mores, adding marshmallows gives your food that irresistible flavor that will make you come back begging for more. But what’s the drawback? It appears that marshmallows are actually made of gelatin and have nothing to do with marshmallow (which is the name of a plant). Back in the old days the recipe included using natural ingredients, but now it’s all about gelatin. The gelatin itself is made by boiling the skin and sometimes bones of cows and pigs that were used in the meat industry. Starch and sweeteners are later added to make the puffy candy that we see in the end. How’s that for a sweet treat?
This discovery comes from the UK, where in 2012 residents consumed more than 3 billion meals in one year. A food journalist decided to dig a little deeper to see what dark secrets lie behind ready meals – and there were more than one! Ready meal industry is fully automated and comes from a long industry chain. Meat, veggies, and fish are often frozen, then cooked and marketed as ‘fresh’, when in reality they could have been frozen for years! Packed sandwiches often contain powdered eggs that can be easily transformed into liquid, crystalized, quick-frozen, and more! Still want to grab one of those ready meals?
If you like strawberry, raspberry, or vanilla ice cream, this warning is for you. A few years ago Time posted an article saying ‘Your Vanilla Ice Cream May Actually Smell Like A Beaver Butt’, and you know what? It was true! Traditionally ice cream is made with a mix of cream, milk, sugar, and sometimes eggs. These ingredients are frozen while being churned to create the delicious treat we all love so much. Commercial ice cream often contains stabilizers that make it last longer, but strawberry, raspberry and vanilla ice creams have one more ingredient that will probably make your stomach turn. It’s called castoreum – and it comes from beaver’s behind! Beavers use castoreum to mark their territory and its scent actually reminds of vanilla. But here’s the truth – many factories actually add castoreum to enhance the musky vanilla smell in their products. Ice cream will never be the same again!