From wood pulp to pig rectum do you know what
you are actually eating? Here are 10 examples of foods that are not
what they might seem! #10 Prime Meat
The prime cut meats that smaller restaurants and corporations sell are one of the biggest
complaints that high-end chefs and physicians make. That’s because ‘prime cut’ suggests
that it is a single cut of the best meat from the animal. But this isn’t the case in many restaurants. Actually, what if I told you they chop up
all the leftover meat and glue it back together? Does the word transglutaminase ring a bell? This is the name for the meat glue they use
to glue the low quality meat back together to make you think you’re getting a full
piece. This is more than a lie, this is disgusting. Besides the fact that it is using the worst
tiny cuts of meat, it’s made from ammonia. The stuff used in fertilizers and oven cleaners. They try to fight back by claiming it kills
E Coli, which should not be something we should be worried about being on meat anyway. Justifying making people unknowingly eat ammonia
just so they can pass off scrap meat does not seem ethical in the least. Be very careful where you eat your steak! See, this is why being a vegetarian seems
like a safer option! Or maybe seafood…. #9 Imitation Crab
Or maybe not seafood. For one, crustaceans feed off the worst possible
debris on the bottom of the ocean. The only nastier creature is shrimp. This stuff they eat doesn’t magically disappear
when they are caught and cooked either. There’s still…stuff in it that we eat…secondhand. Nevertheless, it’s expensive to buy fresh
crab and shrimp, but you can get crab cakes and other delicacies at the grocery store
for a pretty good price. Why? It’s usually because it is fake, under the
guise of imitation crab meat. Imitation crab meat is made from the remains
of other fish that are mushed together, and injected into a mold. They mince and mince random fish, whatever
they can get their hands on, until it turns into the same texture as crab. It is then created into a paste that is frozen
and then shaved into crab-like flakes. To make it taste like crab, they just add
flavor and paint it to look like crab. So, next time you go for some cheap crab,
remember that’s probably, beaten, frozen, shaved, and painted fish remains. I kind of like imitation crab but not really
a fan of this process…it still tastes good so if you’re okay with this…then go ahead. #8 Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan cheese is delicious! Especially, real authentic parmesan cheese. But did you know that companies will usually
lie about what’s in “parmesan”? The FDA regulations make it legal to sell
fake Parmesan cheese. This is some scary stuff. There are two huge deal breakers with parmesan. One is grated parmesan in the shaker. Most of the time, cellulose and mold inhibitor
chemicals are added so it won’t clump. Cellulose, not cellulite, that’s just an
after effect. Cellulose comes from ground up wood pulp and
is considered “harmless and organic matter”. They usually add 2-4% cellulose, but the FDA
doesn’t restrict it. In fact, some has been proven to carry 20%! That’s a lot of cellulose on your pasta! The saddest part is, this is just allowed
in the United States. Parmesan cheese legally means the kind of
cheese that comes from Parma, Italy. But in the US, you can call it parmesan when
it’s just dehydrated, grated mozzarella. This is like the Kobe beef of cheeses. Most of the time, when you get parmesan, it’s
not parmesan. It’s cellulose and a mixture of cheap cheeses. #7 Egg Substitute
This one is a little different. No one knows what it is, but many believe
that it’s a great substitute for people with egg allergies. But really, it’s still just eggs. They take mostly egg whites, fresh, frozen,
or powdered, and add other ingredients. But not much. They actually just contain 99% egg whites! There’s not actually much substituting going
on. It might be easier for people who don’t
want to go to the trouble dealing with egg shells and yolks slipping everywhere, etc. In reality, it is called egg substitute because
of that 1% that’s just artificial coloring, salt, onion powder, and who knows what else. Why? Why would they just flavor egg whites? “Egg substitute” is kind of misleading
and should be for people with egg allergies who need a substitute. It shouldn’t just be eggs. Maybe it’s substituting something else? Is it the bottle substituting for the shell? Bottom line is…this isn’t egg substitute,
it’s just expensive eggs. #6 Artificial Calamari
This is said to be an Urban Legend and all legends stem from some element of truth no
matter how small. This may or may not be true but it is interesting
enough to share. It focuses on imitation calamari. It began when someone saw a box of “artificial
calamari” at a pig farm. When asked what it was, someone said that
it was “pig bung…or…pig…rectum”. If you see a picture of bung, you’ll notice
that it looks very similar to calamari when fried. It’s not that uncommon and many say it’s
really tasty. I don’t know about you but if I want calamari,
that means I do not want a hog’s bung. Words spread like wildfire and everyone started
accusing restaurants of selling bung as calamari. This would be illegal, and since not much
was ever officially spoken after that, it wouldn’t surprise me if the silence was
to avoid trouble. The story is that the reason the man didn’t
speak up was because his girlfriend didn’t want his name being associated with such a
subject as a hog’s rear end. Which doesn’t really matter since we eat
all kinds of pig parts anyway. We really don’t care about bung man, but
what we do care about is the calamari we’ve been eating and everyone trying to trick us
into eating things we didn’t ask for!! #5 Maple Syrup? Maple Syrup is tasty, and aside from the natural
sugar, it has little ill effects on our body. However, what if you found out that most maple
syrup you buy is not maple syrup at all? Maple Syrup is good. But what are you buying? The main ingredients in maple syrup are water,
high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and other chemicals. You are usually not eating fresh Canadian
syrup from the tree. Now it has all kinds of ingredients that are
far from natural and blended with all kinds of artificial flavors like butter and bacon. This is a product where you should definitely
check the label…they aren’t legally allowed to lie there. Actually, they are in some cases, but I think
we’re clear as far as maple syrup goes. High fructose corn syrup is just awful and
adding chemicals to food is beyond me. But this is our world, people. You have to look hard to find companies who
are willing to stick the maple syrup gathering-thing in the trees and wait patiently! They whip up a batch of their own “fake
syrup” and it’s good enough. #4 Chocolate Candy
One of the worst ones ever. Fake chocolate. This is unconstitutional by every means! But companies are faking us out by giving
us “cocoa,” “chocolaty” substance, “chocolate-flavored” candy and other…even
worse substitutes for chocolate. Now, you may not know the difference between
cocoa and chocolate, but the FDA knows the difference. They have 15 different subcategories under
“Cacao Products”. But they only have eight different types of
“chocolate” products. So what the heck are they talking about? Cocoa butter is actually a form of chocolate
liquor. It is the fatty part of the cacao bean, and
it’s also what “white chocolate” is made out of. But there is no cocoa powder or cocoa solids
in it. But to legally qualify as “chocolate”
under the FDA, the product must contain cocoa and cocoa butter. Milk chocolate is a chocolate made with liquor,
dairy, and sugar. If you want to know if something is real chocolate,
then it must say “chocolate liquor,” “cocoa” and “cocoa butter.” Others will just have vegetable oil and cocoa. Real chocolate uses cocoa butter as its oil
so that’s how you know you are eating the real thing. But the real obvious red flag that you are
eating something that is trying to be something else, is “chocolate-flavored.” #3 Olive Oil
Olive oil is a lucrative industry. But unfortunately, it’s full of scam artists. Up to 90% of the olive oils on the market
are fake, tampered with, oxidized, omega-6 vegetable oils that use sunflower oil or peanut
oil! There are even some Italian imports that are
fake! Which is a shame considering all of the pure
olive oil in Italy, which many times actually comes from Spain, and then is rebottled as
Italian, so you don’t even know what you’re getting anymore. Olive oil doesn’t have a long shelf-life
and it’s a lot more expensive to make and harvest than peanut oil. So, substitutes are often used to save money. This is especially true when imports are shipped
as the boat ride can cut the shelf life in half. An unknown danger from these fake olive oils
is allergies. People with sunflower oil or peanut allergies
would never think that their olive oil would kill them! These fake olive oils can be found in restaurants
and grocery stores labeled “olive oil”. It’s hard to spot the real stuff, but legend
says, if you get just one taste of the real stuff, you’ll never be able to taste another
drop of the fake stuff without cringing. This is a product worth splurging on to get
the real thing. #2 Fish
The most common fraud as far as fish is concerned is the blatant lie that the fish is wild and
freshly caught when it was definitely farmed. Which is ok if you are supporting sustainability. But another is just the lie as to what kind
of fish you’re being sold. Red snapper is one of the most expensive fish
you can buy. It tastes great and is caught in the wild. But, most of the time, the red snapper you
order…isn’t red snapper. Most likely, it’s tilapia, imported for
a cheap save. Studies show that 9 out of 10 times, red snapper
sellers are lying. There’s only one way to avoid this…buy
locally. Now, this isn’t easy, but it isn’t likely
that the restaurant has real red snapper if you can’t get it locally anyway. Shrimp has a similar problems. Shrimp are often poorly farmed, cleaned, and
just gross most of the time. They are farmed in wastelands full of chemicals
and dumps. Shrimp farming is also one of the most common,
under the table, slave labor industries around the world. If you want to get delicious, fresh shrimp,
you have to go to the Golden Isles off the Georgia coast! In 2015, the FDA found illegal antibiotics
and elevated levels of toxins in the shrimp we consume. Now, this doesn’t mean never eat shrimp
again, just remember that not all of it is clean. #1 American Cheese
Let’s focus on American cheese. Why US, why? Are they trying to kill us slowly?? This cheese may harden up quick but does it
ever get moldy? Nope! That’s because it isn’t cheese! It’s known as “pasteurized processed cheese,”
“pasteurized process cheese product” or “pasteurized process cheese food.” Regular cheese is created by “heating milk,
stirring in enzymes and cultures, separating the curds from the whey, and salting and knitting
the curds into a block or wheel to age.” But American cheese is made by mixing together
random leftover cheeses. These are pasteurized and emulsified to make
it all smooth and slimy. Also, it isn’t naturally a block. It isn’t even sliced sometimes. It’s molded. Sure, it tastes great on burgers, but the
process it goes through is less than appetizing. It isn’t even legally cheese. In fact, it has over 20 ingredients which
you know CAN’T be good for you! It may be cheaper, but for most part, it is
less satisfying than a sliver of real cheese by a long shot. Thanks for watching and be careful what you
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