food/drink Gross Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Favorite Foods  

Vicky Choy
1.6k votes 363 voters 181.5k views 19 items Embed

If you really love your favorite foods, then maybe it’s best to not read the ingredient label. There’s a reason many of the ingredients have long, hard to pronounce names. Sometimes ignorance is bliss since many of your favorite foods actually have gross food additives that when revealed, can make anyone want to give up eating altogether.

We’ve all heard the warning to stay away from processed and fast foods but in order to know why, you really have to know how those foods are made. Have you ever wondered why they are so tasty and addictive? Because they contain ingredients that not only contain health warnings on most food additive lists, they also originate from the most disgusting places. Even common foods like cereal, bread, and even some vegetables have gross additives. When it comes to weird food additives, what you don’t know can hurt you.

Check out this list of gross food additives you're eating without realizing and then vote up the grossest food additives of them all.

1
89 88

Beaver Butt Secretions Is the Secret Ingredient to Tasty Desserts


Beaver Butt Secretions Is the ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Gross Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Favorite Foods
Photo: via Wikimedia
Ingredient name: Castoreum
Foods that contain it: Vanilla and raspberry flavored desserts like ice cream, cookies, and cakes
 
When it comes to gross food additives, this one literally takes the cake. Castoreum is used as a substitute for vanilla and raspberry flavoring and is made from secretions from the castor sacs of a beaver's anus, which produce anal gland juice. Beavers combine this juice with urine to mark their territory. On food labels, castoreum is not listed because it's called "natural flavoring."
2
55 57

Does Your Gum Taste Like Wool?


Does Your Gum Taste Like Wool? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Gross Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Favorite Foods
Photo: via Imgur

Ingredient name: Lanolin

Foods that contain it: Chewing gum
 

In order to soften chewing gum, lanolin is added. Never heard of lanolin? It's an oily secretion found in sheep’s wool.

3
65 71

Do Your Jelly Beans Taste a Little Buggy?


Do Your Jelly Beans Taste a Li... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Gross Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Favorite Foods
Photo: via Wikimedia

Ingredient name: Shellac

Foods that contain it: Jelly beans
 

Candy is more appealing when it’s shiny, so oftentimes hard candy like jelly beans are coated with shellac, a sticky substance made from the secretions of the Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.

4
41 43

You Have a Very Sexy Salad


You Have a Very Sexy Salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Gross Ingredients That Are Hiding in Your Favorite Foods
Photo: via Wikimedia

Ingredient name: Propylene glycol

Foods that contain it: Salads
 

A key ingredient in sexual lubricant, propylene glycol is added to bagged salad and fast food restaurant salads to keep the lettuce looking fresh and green.