You may be surprised to learn what's really in the food you eat everyday. Here are six gross ingredients that are in everyday food from Reader's Digest.
1. Ammonia. Regardless of the supposed safety of ammonia in beef, you still probably don't like the idea of ingesting a product more commonly used to clean floors. Ammonia may also show up in small amounts in peanut butter, chips and other foods -- and the truth is, processed foods contain all sorts of gross-sounding ingredients that have been deemed safe by the FDA and USDA.
2. Beaver Glands. You'll find castoreum, the dried perineal glands of beavers, used as a strawberry, raspberry or vanilla flavoring in some candy, gum, gelatin, and pudding.
3. Human or hog hair or duck feathers. When you see L-Cysteine on the ingredient label for bread or bagels, know that it's an amino acid derived from hair or feathers.
4. Sprayed-on viruses. To combat the threat of listeria, the FDA allows food producers to spray deli meats with the same bacteriophages that hospitals use to kill germs. Think about that next time you're craving a sandwhich.
5.Insect parts. The female Lac beetle gives us the ingredient shellac-sometimes called "confectioner's glaze"-used to make candy and fruit and furniture shiny. Carmine, commonly used as a red food coloring for fruit juices and candy, is made from the shells of desert beetles.
6. Wood pulp. Tiny pieces of plant fibers and wood called powdered cellulose are used to make some types of low-fat ice cream seem more creamy. It's also used to prevent some shredded cheese from clumping.