6 Gross Food Ingredients You Didn't Know You Were Eating
Pink slime is just the beginning…Reader’s Digest collected six more gross ingredients that might be in your next bite of food. Select gross examples include:
· Ammonia – Regardless of the supposed safety of ammonia in beef, you probably don't like the idea of ingesting a product more commonly used to clean floors. Ammonia may also show up in small amounts in peanut butter, chips and other foods.
· Beaver glands – You'll find castoreum, the dried perineal glands of beavers, used as a strawberry, raspberry or vanilla flavoring in some candy, gum, gelatin, and pudding.
· Insect parts – The female Lac beetle gives us the ingredient shellac—sometimes called "confectioner's glaze"—used to make candy and fruit (and furniture) shiny. Carmine, commonly used as a red food coloring for fruit juices and candy, is made from the shells of desert beetles.