10 Disgusting Food Facts You Won’t Want to Read Again

The List Love is here to turn your stomachs, as we’re offering 10 disgusting food facts you won’t want to read again. Some of these are just seriously sickening. Enjoy!

1. Chicken Nuggets

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Do you love a good chicken nugget? How about a beef nugget? Never had one? Well, if you’ve had a fast food chicken nugget you have, as many contain beef additives to boost their flavour. You’ll find beef additives in everything from Chicken McNuggets, Wendy’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich and even KFC’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Beef additives will often be described as “essence” or “extract” on the ingredients list.

2. Worcestershire Sauce

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Worcestershire Sauce maybe a much-loved condiment in England, but did you know that it’s actually made from dissolved fish? We’re not kidding. The sauce is made from liquefied anchovies that are soaked in vinegar until they’ve completely dissolved – and that includes their bones! Nice.

3. Jelly Beans

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We’re about to kill a childhood favourite here. Jellybean lovers, you might be best moving onto the next fact, as this sweet treat gets its shine from shellac – which is a wood finishing material. It is often used to shine up everything from wooden furniture to AK-47 guns and guitars. Wait, it gets worse. Shellac is made from bug excrement. Yummy!

4. Peanut Butter

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We bet you love a good bit of peanut butter – which is full of healthy fats and a good source of protein. What’s not to love? Well, we don’t love the fact that there is an average of 30 insect fragments per 100 grams of peanut butter, including rodent hairs.

5. Fast Food

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Do you love nothing more than a bit of fast food? Well, you might be a little sickened to learn that the average fast food customer reportedly eats approximately 12 pubic hairs per year, apparently. Sorry, guys and girls! We told you these facts were disgusting.

6. Icing


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There’s nothing better than indulgently eating the icing off a cake, is there? Well, think about it carefully the next time a delicious baked item is sitting in front of you, because that icing could contain the paint chemical titanium. The chemical is often used in products such as icing and salad dressing to make them appear whiter.

7. Chocolate


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We’re sorry chocolate lovers, but some chocolates and sweets may contain the faeces of the female lac insect – which is used to create a confectioners’ glaze – that’s the stuff that gives those treats their smooth and shiny coating.

8. Mince Meat, Cheese and Cookies


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If you love mince meat, cheese and cookies, you must love ammonia – as it’s often incorporated into the items in an attempt to clean any bacteria.

9. Vanilla Flavouring

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Vanilla flavouring is a common food additive that’s known as castoreum – and will be used in many of your favourite snack. Look on the packaging for castoreum, as it is made from a beaver’s anal glands. How lovely.

10. Fast Food Hamburgers


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A fast food hamburger can contain pieces of beef from a variety of cattle across the world. So, not only are you eating from different animals, but the risk of cross-contamination is multiplied. Think about it, a single unhealthy cow could have a major impact on hundreds of people.

We know what you’re thinking: how are some, if not all, of the items mentioned above not banned? We don’t know, either. But we can tell you 10 Foods Banned Across the World. Follow The List Love on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and G+ for more top 10 lists.

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