You're probably tired of hearing
how bad fast food is for your health, and how it can be really dangerous, but
soon enough, you may have bent down in submission and indulged. It is
inevitable and virtually impossible to escape the clever clutches when you have
big banners and posters of gooey cheeseburgers and noodles at every street.
Though a clever marketing
strategy that is, there are actually some things that you probably don't know
that your so-called famous fast food brands do. Like manipulating with the
ingredients; or even worse, tampering with important stuff that should be labeled
before being served on your tables. So here's an eye-opener for all of us- read
on for some really shocking ingredients in fast foods that you probably weren't
That's a fancy name for human hair and duck feathers.
Cleanliness freaks may have a major problem here, since these two are major
components of dough conditioning, which make the dough used for breads and
other bakery products better. Though there's no harm whatsoever if you consume
any of these, some ethical and religious sentiments may be hurt for people who
hold strong cultural beliefs.
Disguised as cellulose, processed wood pulp makes way into
our systems almost every day-sometimes through salad dressings and cheese, and
other times through pancake syrups and muffins. Though major nutritional
studies suggest that it increases the fiber content of products and reduces the
fat content, think about what it might do to your system once it goes inside.
Raised eyebrows anyone? Silicon dioxide, also known as
silica, which is also known as sand, is used to make optical fibers, glass,
ceramic and cement, not your burgers and sandwiches. But the fast food
companies don't really seem to take this seriously, which is why silica makes
up for a considerable portion of chili, which you add so liberally to your
sandwiches and burgers. It is also used as an anti-caking agent in chicken and
meat burgers to prevent clumping of meat.
A major fertilizer used for alkaline soils,
ammonium sulfate is used largely in the bread industry as a meal for the yeast,
and also makes up for a major part of many fast food products.
Silly putty plastic:
Dimethylpolysiloxane, a chemical compound
which most of us probably can't read out in one go and is used to prevent the
oil used for frying your fries, from foaming. Though the FDA has not yet found
any potential health hazard due to consumption of this compound, why not stick
to just oil, salt and potatoes for your fries rather than adding something you
Meat paste goop:
The gooey and sticky parts and leftovers from
meat, along with bones, is ground together to form a pink paste, which is then
passed through a sieve to remove pieces of the bones.
This is then treated with
ammonium hydroxide, which forms a major component of your household cleaners
and fertilizers, after which, it is processed with different substances and
additives, which make it tasty. Bluntly put, this goop forms a major portion of
most of your burgers, and even chicken nuggets.
Please don't puke. Smartly disguised under the names
carminic acid and confectioner's glaze, these coloring agents and dyes claim to
be healthier and 'natural' alternatives to processed dyes and those derived
from petroleum and coal tar extracts. You can find these in cookies, toppings,
processed poultry products, marinades, jams, gelatin, juices, desert products
GRAS, standing for generally recognized as safe - an initiative to allow small amounts of 'harmful' products and chemicals to be recognized as 'safe'. True, small
amounts once in a while may not affect your health to a visible extent, but for
someone who lives life on fast food and burgers from the nearby joint, it can
be a major disaster and potentially a life-threatening situation.