Disgusting Food

How would you feel if you find out that some of the foods you like contain unsavory ingredients that are beyond the stretch of your imagination? Disgusted? Rightly so! Some of the ingredients printed on the label are perplexing and unpronounceable. Moreover if they are derived from ‘bizarre’ sources, would you feel like having them? Their inclusion may not mar the taste of the final product but that does not make them fit for consumption. These ‘secret’ ingredients that we ingest unknowingly may seem harmless, but are a cause for concern.
What’s more surprising is that to masquerade the identity of such an ingredient, it is categorized as natural. To simply put, the food label does not give a clear idea about the ingredients that actually may be used to make the product. As though the addition of excess salt and sugar was not enough, now we bear the presence of these disgusting ingredients in processed foods. Check out these ‘outrageous’ ingredients found in foods that you love to eat to your heart’s content.
Unsavory Ingredients in Food
Castoreum
vanilla ice cream containing castoreum

Seeing a cup of vanilla ice cream or raspberry candies can make you go weak in your knees. However, this feeling may soon go down to the dumps when you come to know that these mouth-watering delicacies contain an animal-derived ingredient. Castoreum is a flavoring agent that is reportedly used in these food products. This flavoring agent is a yellowish secretion obtained from the castor sacs that are next to anal glands of beaver (rodent). Also referred to as beaver anal gland juice, this food additive acts as a flavor enhancer and is supposedly mixed with hard candy, fruit flavored drinks such as strawberry syrup and raspberry flavored products. Surprisingly, the nutrition column on the label of many products, names castoreum as a natural flavor enhancer. It is altogether a different matter that FEMA (Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association) of United States has outright rejected any reports of castoreum usage for flavoring vanilla ice cream. However, FEMA does consider castoreum as a safe food additive.

Not all food companies use castoreum as a flavor enhancer. Vanilla extract, that consists of vanilla beans, sugar and ethyl alcohol, is also used as a flavoring agent. Thus, there are alternatives to castoreum that are not made from unsavory components as well as impart a good flavor to ice creams.