17 Disturbing Facts About Food We'd Bet Anything You Didn't Know

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Bug-Based Coloring

Some red food dyes, like cochineal extract or carmine, are derived from crushed female cochineal insects, commonly used in candies, juices, and other processed foods.

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Fish Bladder in Beer

 Isinglass, a substance obtained from fish bladders, is sometimes used in the beer-making process to clarify the liquid.

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Castoreum in Food

Castoreum, a secretion from the anal glands of beavers, is used as a natural flavoring in certain foods and beverages.

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Bread and Hair Conditioner Ingredient

L-cysteine, an amino acid used as a dough conditioner in some bread products, is often derived from human hair or poultry feathers.

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Rodent and Insect Filth

The FDA allows a certain level of rodent hair, insect fragments, and other foreign matter in food products, which may be unsettling for some consumers.

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Food Fraud

Adulteration and food fraud are prevalent, with some products being mislabeled or replaced with cheaper alternatives to deceive consumers.

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Chicken Washing with Chlorine

 In some countries, including the United States, chlorine washing is used to sanitize chicken carcasses, a practice banned in the European Union due to concerns about food safety.

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Food Waste

Approximately one-third of the world's food supply is wasted each year, leading to significant environmental and humanitarian consequences.