Some people don’t care about weird food facts. Many foods are cooked with very weird methods that many people will stop eating them. Yet, lots of people take food processing for granted as they don’t want to miss any delectable foods available. But, if foods contain dangerous substances, then it is better to avoid them right away.
Weird Food Facts that Make You Think Twice Before Eating Them!
These days, it is even harder to find healthy, natural foods. Many foods are even made with synthetic ingredients! Some of them are still safe in the short term, though the consumption should be halted right away. What are those foods?
1. Gummy Bears
The fact that carnauba wax is applied to gummy bears is no longer a surprise, though not many people are aware of it. Lots of gummy bears’ producers didn’t make any denial about the fact. Well, the wax functions to keep those gummy candies from sticking from one to another. The carnauba wax within each package reaches 2%. Not much, but still contains toxic when it is consumed frequently in the long term. It is true that the wax application is not as much as coating a vehicle. Yet, customers can decide whether they still want to give them to their kids or not.
2. Vanilla-based Food
Where do you think those foods get their vanilla scent and flavor? The fact that many foods and perfume products use Castoreum for adding the scent and flavor of vanilla is no longer a secret. People don’t seem to care about the source of castoreum. This is beavers’ anal secretion to mark their ‘authority’. Yet, it smells like vanilla, and the scent is strong and long-lasting.
Some people may find this disgusting, though they realize that it is toxic-free. These days, people prefer to consume non-toxic food, instead of foods with preserved ingredients. Besides, castoreum is also very natural and safe for human beings. So, which one do you choose, vanilla-scent from castoreum, or the synthetic one?
3. Luwak Coffee
This product was becoming the main topic in a highly popular Oprah Winfrey talk show. The sole ingredient of this coffee bean is the ‘civet’s poop’. Luwak is the Indonesian name for civet, an animal that combines the look of a cat and a raccoon. Centuries ago, this animal lived freely in forests, and their poops became the main coffee bean for the Dutch colonials. They were highly delectable because civets in the forests were picky eaters. They only want fresh berries. This was why it turned out to be the most expensive coffee.
Unfortunately, there are lot of mismanagement in producing Luwak coffee. These days, many Balinese farmers are keeping those civets within their own farms. They are being caged and forced to eat berries, regardless of their quality. For sure, the quality of the poop is no longer ‘proper’ to be served as the most expensive coffee.
4. Living Oysters
This kind of seafood has inspired Rowan Atkinson in several movies that he produced. Oysters appeared on one of its Mr.Bean serials, as well as Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007). They are living seafood that should be consumed alive! Once they’re dead, they are not fresh and produce harmful bacteria.
Don’t worry. It is still fine to eat oysters. They are rich in nutrients and very good for health. You might wonder why it is still ‘breathing’ before you eat them.
5. Lobsters For Poor People and Prisoners
It is hard to imagine that those expensive lobsters and kinds of seafood in fancy restaurants were foods for low-class people. In the 16th century, lobsters were floating easily on the bays in Massachusetts. They were too many that people considered them as ‘junk food’. They became the main food for prisoners and homeless people in the area. It was funny to recall that people in the area were very ashamed when their neighbors find lobster shells in their garbage cans because they were poverty’s symbol.
Do All Those Facts Change Your Eating Lifestyle?
Those weird food facts might bring impact to people who live in highly developed countries. But, people who lived in poor or developed countries might take them for granted. This is because preserved and junk foods are much cheaper than healthy foods. So, you can decide which foods you want to consume.