Since very few of us grow and prepare all our food ourselves, we can never really be sure what is in the products we eat. A plethora of legends deal with ordinary foods that may contain some rather extraordinary ingredients.
Bubble Yum chewing gum contains spider eggs.*
McDonald's hamburgers contain worm meat.*
McDonald's is the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs.*
McDonald's shakes contain yucky non-food substances.*
Chocolate milk is made from "regular" milk rejected for containing too much cow's blood.*
JELL-O brand gelatin is made from bones and hides.
Sushi is always made with raw fish.
Tim Hortons adds nicotine to their coffee to keep customers hooked on it.
Food colorants cochineal and carmine are made from ground bugs.
Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.
Eating turkey makes people especially sleepy.
Eating carrots results in improved vision.
The meat Arby's uses is made from a paste, gel, liquid, or powder.
Green potatoes are poisonous.
Goldschlager liqueur contains gold flakes for the purpose of producing small cuts in the throats of imbibers, thereby speeding alcohol ingestion.
Some Mexican vanilla contains coumarin, a substance that causes liver and kidney failure.
Bartender's wager led to the custom of adding a lime wedge to Corona beer.
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Castoreum, a secretion produced by beavers, is used as a food additive.
Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.
Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte contains dangerous toxins.
Common food additive trisodium phosphate poses a danger to consumers.
Pepsi is developing Dewitos, a Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.
The Obama administration is banning sprinkles or "donut sprinkles."
Kraft cheese won't melt even at high temperatures.
The FDA recently announced that 70% of U.S. chickens contain arsenic.
The gender of a bell pepper can be determined by flipping it over and counting the number of bumps.
Walmart Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches do not melt.
Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies contain crack.
A study proved 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake.
Chick-fil-A sandwiches contain the anti-foaming agent dimethylpolysiloxane, which is Silly Putty.
The FDA has banned the sale of grape ice cream.