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42 of the Most Disgusting Things In Your Food, Part 2

In case Part I of the most disgusting things in your food didn’t have you question everything you’ve ever speared with a fork, there’s even more. Antibiotics, antifreeze, and plastic aren’t usually on the average grocery list, but I bet you can find them in your cart.

Click through for Part 2 of the nasty things lurking on your lunch plate.


  • Nasty Stuff in Your Food 1 of 22
    Nasty Stuff in Your Food
    Don't say I didn't warn you...
  • Antibiotics 2 of 22
    Antibiotics
    Animals conventionally raised for food are given antibiotics so they don't get sick. Plus they grow bigger and faster, which equals more profit. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Red #3 (Erythrosine) & Red #40 (Allura Red) 3 of 22
    Red #3 (Erythrosine) & Red #40 (Allura Red)
    Allura Red comes from coal tar and is linked with hyperactivity and behavioral problems in kids. Red #3 has been shown to increase cancer risk. Photo credit: iStockphoto
  • Propylene glycol 4 of 22
    Propylene glycol
    A lubricator and emulsifier found in sodas, salad dressing, beer, and spices. Oh yeah, it's also in antifreeze. Photo credit: iStockphoto
  • Maggots 5 of 22
    Maggots
    The Food and Drug Administration legally allows 19 maggots and 74 mites in a 3.5-ounce can of mushrooms. Photo credit: iStockphoto
  • Bone char 6 of 22
    Bone char
    cattle bones used to filter sugar to make it whiter. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Nitrates 7 of 22
    Nitrates
    Nitrates are used to cure deli meats. They're also found in fruits and veggies due to the soil they're grown in. Nitrates convert to nitrites in the body and have been shown to be related to colorectal cancer, although the evidence is a little unclear these days. Nitrates are particularly dangerous to babies however, as they can interfere with the transport of oxygen in the blood. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Ammonium sulfate 8 of 22
    Ammonium sulfate
    A salt compound you'll find in some breads… and fertilizer. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Azodicarbonamide 9 of 22
    Azodicarbonamide
    A processing agent used in plastics like shoes and yoga mats, as well as breads. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Saltwater 10 of 22
    Saltwater
    Saltwaterdoesn't sound so bad, right? But what's it doing being injected into chicken to make it more juicy? No thanks, I'll take chicken with my chicken. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Viruses 11 of 22
    Viruses
    We're not talking accidental contamination here (like with MRSA). Nope, this is done intentionally. Viruses that kill bacteria, called bacteriophages, are used on deli meat to help fight off E. coli & listeria. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Aspartame 12 of 22
    Aspartame
    An artificial sugar substitute more common known as Equal or NutraSweet. It can cause seizures, death, depression, memory problems, slurring, and more. Photo credit: iStockphoto
  • Butylated hydroxyanasole (BHA)/Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) 13 of 22
    Butylated hydroxyanasole (BHA)/Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
    Antioxidants used to preserve fats in food. While we normally think of antioxidants as good things, these food preservatives have been linked with tumors and behavior changes. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) 14 of 22
    Bisphenol A  (BPA)
    Found in the lining of cans, BPA mimics the hormone estrogen in the body. BPA exposure has been linked to reproductive problems, behavior problems in children, and metabolic alterations. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Carmine 15 of 22
    Carmine
    Shells of the cochineal beetle ground up and used to color candies, fruit juice, maraschino cherries, and tomato products red. Sometimes listed as natural red #4. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Gelatin 16 of 22
    Gelatin
    It's boiled animal connective tissue. That's all that needs to be said about that. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) 17 of 22
    Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST)
    Synthetic hormones used to increase cows' milk production. It's linked to breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Phtalates 18 of 22
    Phtalates
    A plasticizing chemicall. The same ones found in plastic shampoo bottles, vinyl shower curtains, and pesticides. It's linked to behavioral problems, eczema, and asthma. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) & Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow) 19 of 22
    Yellow #5 (Tartrazine) & Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow)
    Sunset Yellow is linked with hyperactivity and behavioral problems in kids. Both have been shown to increase cancer risk. Photo credit: iStockphoto
  • Mold 20 of 22
    Mold
    Products made from apples are allowed to have up to 11% mold content. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Sand 21 of 22
    Sand
    Up to 25 mg of sand are allowed in 100 g of peanut butter. Photo credit: Pixabay
  • Bugs 22 of 22
    Bugs
    Chocolate is allowed to have up to 59 insect fragments for every 100 g. Photo credits: Pixabay

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