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5 Surprising And Shocking Facts About Food

Our culture has evolved around food, as food is essential to life, no matter how little or how much a person is eating. From fresh food to fast food, there are many unknown facts about where they come from, what they are made of, and what happened to some favorite foods that have been discontinued in the past. Some of the following facts will blow your mind, freak you out, and make you think twice about certain foods.

This is a small snippet inside some of the secrets and lesser known facts about food. Here is a list of 5 surprising facts about food.


5. Food Is Legally Allowed to Have Bugs or Hair
In the United States, the FDA passed regulations that state that “natural defects” in certain food products are allowed to have a specific amount of insects or rodent hair to be present in food. An example is canned mushrooms are allowed to contain up to 20 maggots to pass inspection.


4. Shellac Is Made From Bug Extract
Shellac, which is produced from female lac bugs, is used as a brush on coloring agent in candy like jelly beans and even wood finish. Shellac was even used to glue and stabilize dinosaur bones until the 1960’s when the long term negative effects of Shellac were found.


3. Decaffeinated Coffee is Not Caffeine Free
Most decaffeinated coffee is not completely caffeine free, as it contains small amounts of caffeine. For example, a decaf latte can have up to as much caffeine as in one can of cola. A decaf espresso can have up to 16 milligrams of caffeine.


2. Fruits And Vegetables Have Lost Some Nutrition
Even though fruits and vegetables are considered the healthiest foods on Earth, they have lost some of their nutritional content over the past 50 years due to agricultural methods that have stripped the soil they are grown from. Organic produce is your best bet.


1. Cooked Vegetables Can Be More Nutritious Than Raw Vegetables
The amount of nutrition varies between the type of vegetable and how it is cooked. Boiling carrots provides more nutrients than raw carrots as boiling carrots releases the amount of antioxidants in the vegetable for consumption. However, cooking carrots can lower other compounds.

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