The Ick Factor: Mysterious Ingredients in Our Food

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Thanks or maybe no thanks to my friend Wendy for making me aware of the following articles. These are foods that we eat that contain ingredients you just wouldn’t expect.

Cool Whip: A delicious blend of sugar, wax, and condom lube.
Ok, so the most common ingredients are water and air. No problem. But did you know there isn’t any actual cream in Cool Whip? The next ingredient on the list of High Fructose corn syrup, which we all know isn’t good for us.

As I said, there isn’t any actual cream in Cool Whip, but it needs to feel like there is. So, the cheap way to duplicate the texture is by using semi-solidified plant oils, which if not produced properly can turn into trans fat. Sorbitan Monostearate is a synthetic was that helps Cool Whip from turning into a liquid and is also used as a hemorrhoid cream. Xanthan and Guar Gums help give it fluffiness.

And last, but not least: Polysorbate 60.Polysorbates are made by mixing ethylene oxide (a precursor to antifreeze) with a sugar alcohol derivative. The result can be a detergent, an emulsifier, or, in the case of polysorbate 60, a major ingredient in some sexual lubricants. Nice.

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Ammonia Hamburgers Anyone?
So, there’s a South Dakota company called Beef Products Inc., which makes a hamburger filler product that ends up in 70 percent of burgers in the United States. The company, Beef Products buys the cheapest, fattiest leftovers from the slaughterhouse floor. These are chock full of pathogens like E.coli 0157, etc. It then injects a substance with ammonia to kill the pathogens.

Some in the industry call this “pink slime” and it is why you can buy a burger at your local fast food joint for a buck. And it’s so full of ammonia that it will kill pathogens in the ground beef it’s mixed with, or so they say. Test results from Beef Products actually revealed that pink slime can actually add to the pathogen cocktail.

So what companies actually buy this? Cargrill, McDonald’s, Burger King and most likely your kids’ public school cafeteria. And if it doesn’t really work all the well, why do companies continue to buy it? It’s cheap – bottom line.

Our National School Lunch Program, says that students must be fed lunch for $2.68 per day, of which 2/3 must go to labor and overhead, leaving less than $1 for actual food and nutrition. No wonder the lunch program keeps pink slime in business—buying 3.5 million pounds last year alone.

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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