Human hair, skin, and beaver urine—that's not a carnage list from a horror movie. It's what you're eating.
There's a lot Americans are consuming meat without thinking...until now. The spotlight has recently arrived on pink slime, a combination cow connective tissue and low-grade beef scraps. Apparently it's being served to students in the National School Lunch Program.
Beef tissues used in pink slime are predisposed to E. coli and salmonella contamination, ammonium hydroxide is sprayed to kill pathogens. Although the United States Department of Agriculture claims the meat is safe to eat, it doesn’t sound very healthy. Especially since Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King have stopped selling the play dough-looking meat.
Believe it or not, ground beef isn’t the only popular food that contains discusting ingredients.
- Jell-O. Who doesn't love taking a mouthful of this jiggling snack? You will easily fall out of love when you hear that Gelatin is made by boiling bones, skin, connective tissues, and organs of cows, pigs, lambs and horses.
- Skittles and jelly beans. These two popular candies are made from crushed insect cocoons that coat skittles and jelly beans to give them that extra shine. If you ask us, we could do without the shine.
- Vanilla ice cream and raspberry flavoring. When you take a lick of vanilla ice cream, you are actually licking Castoreum, which are anal secretions mixed with urine from beavers.
- Bread. Does anyone want human hair with butter or cream cheese? Bread products, including your morning bagel, contain either human hair or duck feathers in the dough that gives bread its consistency.
- Hotdogs. Don’t worry, hotdogs are not made from chicken feathers or cow snouts like popular legends claim. They are actually made from animal muscles. But be careful, some hotdog meats are made with “Variety Meats,” which contain animal livers, kidneys and hearts.
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