Sh*T I’m Never Eating Again

Sh*t I’m Never Eating Again and I mean that in the literal sense.  A few months ago I posted about honey and wood pulp in our food that was titled What Are We Eating Anyway? but this post is more direct than that and thus requires a more direct title.  As I just introduced you to Food Republic in a recent post I was on their site when I saw the title 6 Scary Things Hiding In Your Food by Erica Wides and nearly tossed my cookies.  Think I’m kidding then take a look at these items that are hiding in your food:

1) TBHQ, aka Butane:  This is an artificial anti-oxidant that they put in chicken nuggets to keep the fresh.  Not fresh as in just made, but fresh as in they still look and feel fresh although they have been sitting around for months.

What foods can you find butane in?  Frozen, packaged or pre-made processed foods with long shelf lives such as frozen meals, crackers, chips, cereal bars and fast food.

2) Estrogen: That cow’s milk that you are consuming is filled with hormones to keep the cow lactating and thus making more milk to be consumed and getting every penny they can out of this cow.  Besides being gross that is just inhumane.

What foods can you find estrogen in? All non-organic dairy

3) Spinach Dust: I have no clue what this is.  I had never even heard of it before reading this post but it is spinach that has been dehydrated and sucked dry of its nutritional value.

What foods can you find spinach dust in? “Healthier” vegetable flavored snack foods.  Vegetable flavored snacks?  Why not just eat the vegetable?

4) Propolyne Glycol, aka Antifreeze: It keeps your car from freezing over, your moisturizer moist, and your fat free cookie dough ice cream creamy, smooth and juicy.  Really?  I mean you don’t find antifreeze on the ingredients list but if you did would you eat it?

What foods is antifreeze found in: Cake mix, salad dressings, low fat ice creams and dog food.  Dog food?  My poor Ginga is eating dog food?  Good thing I don’t eat dog food.


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5) Wood Pulp: Vanillin: Vanillin, which is a byproduct of the pulp industry, is used as an artificial vanilla flavor.  The article says it is in citrus flavored soda to keep the citrus flavor even throughout the can.

What foods is vanillin in (say that 10 times fast): Artificially flavored yogurt, baked goods, candy and sodas.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be making my own bread, bagels, tortillas and Almond Butter Cups.

6) Castoreum: Directly from the site: Castoreum comes out of a beaver’s behind – it’s extracted from their anal glands — and is used to make artificial raspberry flavoring. Try not to think about that next time you order the diet raspberry tea. –> Now you know why this post is titled Sh*t I’m Never Eating Again.

What foods is Castoreum in? Artificially raspberry flavored products such as cheap ice cream, Jell-O, candy, fruit flavored drinks, teas and yogurts.


I am so disgusted by this that I cannot put the proper words in perspective.  What are the executives of the companies that make this stuff thinking?  Is it really so profit driven that it is worth putting butane and antifreeze in people’s food?  I don’t get it.

Yesterday I was at a presentation about food and they had three rules:  Eat Local, Eat Organic and Eat Whole.  Could it be any easier than that?  They had a list of 25 of the items that needs to be eaten organic because of the amount of pesticides that are used to keep these foods growing.  The number one and two on that list were apples and celery.  I would have guessed apples but never celery.


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  1. Omg… That’s awful :( On another note, do you have a recipe for those bagels??
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  2. Jon says:

    I have heard of Castoreum. My Q is: Who discovered that?!?
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  3. Jen says:

    Ugh. Holy crap.

    I eat so much sh*t. I really do. I am working at changing this – I have to say “ignorance was bliss.” I mean I cut out the obvious offenders years ago but will still put non-organic skim milk in my cereal, nibble on a non-organic cheese stick after a run, eat a cup of ‘light’ yogurt or have a (very occasional) glass of diet coke… For a long time I was just worried about calories and fat grams – but now I’m realizing that all the other stuff is just as garbage-y.

    I am getting better at sticking whole foods and I guess I have to check out that list of stuff you should buy organic. Thanks for the interesting post.
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  4. Morgan says:

    I could’ve lived the rest of my life never knowing about the beaver gland thing. BARF!
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  5. Natasha says:

    Ahhhh gross!! I get a local organic produce delivery once a week so that helps but I still buy other stuff sometimes… I never new about celery either! I will never eat anything raspberry flavored again just the real thing! Thanks for sharing…
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  6. Patrick says:

    I want to mean the guy who diovered beaver sh*t tastes like raspberries
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  7. A good friend of mine has heavy metal poisoning, and eats a bunch of grapes every night to help cleanse his system. Before eating them, or any fruit, he soaks them in Apple Cider Vinegar for an hour, then rinses them under cold water for ten minutes.

    I’d much rather buy local than not, but here in New England it is tough to get fresh, local fruit year round. and we don’t have ANY local bananas……

    • CTER says:

      It can be tough but one thing I have learned and that I love is when buying in season you try all kinds of new foods. So buying tomatoes (they are a fruit despite what the US Gov’t says) at the right time makes that food so much better and then you can try something else when tomatoes are out of season. Keeps the food interesting.
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  8. lindsay says:

    i broke my sugar-free streak to suck on a raspberry-beaver-butt-gland lollipop. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    i’ve seen TBHQ on boxes more recently (as someone who has to read the food label on EVERYTHING ALWAYS). luckily there’s usually also soy in it, which i can’t have, therefore i avoid the TBHQ
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  9. misszippy says:

    Turns my stomach! Like you said, gotta go with the simple–real, organic food. Period.
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  10. I wish I could be as clever as Patrick about beaver crap, but I can’t. Still laughing. But this stuff is just gross. Really really gross.
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  11. Jeff Irvin says:

    dude, why did you post this? Pretending I never read this and going back to my blissful world of ignorance!
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  12. Laura says:

    I want to know who discovered that beaver butt tastes like raspberries. I mean really. Who thought tasting that was a good idea.
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  13. Mandy says:

    I have eaten beaver (OK stop laughing. I hope Matty O doesn’t read this) but like REAL beaver from a trapper.

    Am I digging a hole or what?

    It wasn’t bad. Tasted like chicken. Not kidding.
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  14. Samantha says:

    Wow, oh wow. This is so disgusting.

    This should be on a list that people can take with them to the grocery store so we can remember what NOT to buy! I think I”ll print this and put it in my purse.
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  15. oh, I have a list of Sh!t you wont’ want to eat…scary.
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  16. Shannon says:

    Anti-freeze and Beaver anal gland secretions. OMG! So wrong on so many levels.
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  17. sarah says:

    Haha I didn’t even know half of these foods existed!
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