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TOP 5 COMMON INGREDIENTS THAT ARE JUST PLAIN WEIRD

written by EatOut 3rd May 2013

Despite being very common some of these ingredients are the last thing you would expect to find in your food, some are the last things you WANT to find. Check out our top 5, prepare yourself!

1)      Carmine: sometimes known as cochineal this strange concussion is made up of crushed beetles!! These dried insects are boiled in water to extract the carminic acid. The resulting potion gives of a vibrant red potion making it a popular ingredient for food dyes in fruit juices, ice creams and candy.

Ice cream [Photo/whiteonricecouple.com]

Ice cream [Photo/whiteonricecouple.com]

2)      Gelatin: most of us are familiar with gelatin as the main ingredient in jelly; but did you know gelatin consists of the collagen extracted from animal skin and bones? Feel slightly nauseous and thinking about skipping out on the jelly? This substance is found in all kinds of things such as Gummy bears and marshmallows.

Gummy bears [Photo/myveganjournal.com]

Gummy bears [Photo/myveganjournal.com]

3)      Phosphoric Acid: most commonly known as the substance that gives soda that fizz through acidity but it also has some uses you might not expect. Phosphoric acid is also used to remove rust in what is called an “acid bath”, in fuel cells and as an pH balancer in your favourite cosmetics.

Sodas [Photo/hungryforchange.tv ]

Sodas [Photo/hungryforchange.tv ]

4)      Polydimethylsiloxane: abbreviated to PDMS this is common ingredient in your favourite fast foods. a popular food additive; it is also found in silicone, head lice treatment and dry cleaning solutions! Now imagine this substance in your burger and fries?

Fast food [photo/foxbusiness.com]

Fast food [photo/foxbusiness.com]

5)      Monosodium glutamate (MSG): some scientists believe this is the fifth ‘essential’ flavour detectable by the human palate but in actual fact it does not have a taste f its own and is best known for bringing out the flavours of other things. However the substance has been linked to making people physically ill only 20 minutes after consumption.

Chinese take away box [Photo/messiluo.blogspot.com ]

Chinese take away box [Photo/messiluo.blogspot.com ]

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