Some items on the 'gross' grocery list may surprise you
Updated On: Apr 05 2012 07:02:46 PM EDT
After we heard about so-called "pink slime" in our burgers, and crushed insect parts in our chocolate, we found there are more gross grocery items you might not know about.
An MSNBC report lists some of the foods that could make you go YUCK!
Up first: How many times have you eaten shrimp at a party? The last time just might be your absolute last time. The report says depending on where your shrimp is from, it could contain antibiotics, mouse and rat hair, and pieces of insects.
We found people who were grossed out, while others were not fazed. One shopper outside a local store said, "I've been eating it for years, so it never really bothered me."
Contaminated shrimp tends to come from overseas, so you're better off eating domestic
Big food corporations often add the chemical titanium-dioxide to foods like salad dressing, coffee creamers, and canned icing to make them appear whiter. Titanium-dioxide is the same chemical commonly found in paints and sunscreens- and can be contaminated with toxic lead.
Mushroom lovers won't love this item. The FDA legally allows 19 maggots and 74 mites in every 3.5 ounce can of mushrooms. That's a big turnoff for some, but not everyone.
"I won't eat them, but my husband puts them in his spaghetti sauce ... he won't make it without- he's Italian," Susan Tish said.
That's probably the safer bet, but all mushrooms are grown in, shall we say, organic matter- never very appetizing.
Finally- this Easter season, remember the chemical dyes used in candies like jelly beans to give them such vivid colors. Those food dyes have been shown to impair brain function and they've been linked to ADHD. But- most of the people who spoke with Local 4 said they're not giving up their jelly beans.
"I don't really think about the dyes because we use it in a lot of foods," said Kim Wright, of Detroit.
One more thing, many breads contain an amino acid made from dissolved human hair. Believe it or not, it's used as a dough conditioner.