14 Shocking Ingredients in The Food From Your Grocery Store

Fast Food

French fries and chicken nuggets from fast food outlets are known to contain polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which is the same silicone based element found in Silly Putty and caulk. It’s added to fast food as a preservative, however it’s unsettling to know you’re essentially eating plastic.

Try store bought nuggets and fries that don’t contain PDMS, or simply make your own for guaranteed health and safety.

Tinned Vegetable Soup

While vegetable soup may seem ideal for vegans or vegetarians looking for a warming meal, canned vegetable soup will often contain chicken or beef broth or even gelatine, an agent containing animal by-products, such as skin, bones and connective tissue.

Pre-Made Salads

When you’re in a hurry and selecting an item from the ‘to-go’ stand or fast food joint, a salad may seem like the healthiest option. What many don’t realise, though, is that these salads are prone to containing propylene glycerol, which is commonly found in antifreeze and sexual lubricant.

Jelly Beans

You may have heard of shellac, a popular ingredient in nail polish and furniture glaze used to create a shiny surface. What you may not know, is that this is also used to create that tempting sheen on jelly beans and hard candies.

Sticky Rice

Sticky rice contains no animal products at all, making it suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, however it does contain dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone product used in adhesives.

Berry Flavouring

Many strawberry or other berry flavor products contain castoreum. This is the secretion of beavers’ anal scent sacks, which certainly won’t sound appetizing to most. When manufacturers state their product is developed with ‘natural flavors’, this could very well be what they’re referring to.

If you’re surprised by these ingredients, it may be time to do some further research on the true definitions of the ingredients you see on your packaging.

To avoid consuming such concerning products, there are abundant free recipes online to help you recreate your favorite foods at home. You’ll be able to see exactly what goes into each serving and ensure they’re healthy, safe and delicious.

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