How often do you think about what's in the food you're buying?
Do you wonder what’s really inside your peanut butter, maybe how fresh the meat is you just bought?
Well wonder no more. Consumer Reports magazine wants all of us to know exactly what we're getting, with a list of the top 10 food shockers.
Your food has bugs in it.
According to Consumer Reports, the Food and Drug Administration sets tolerance levels for what they call natural defects.
That means they allow a certain number of insects into products. An example, a 24-ounce container of cornmeal can have up to 13 insects.
Pasta, peanut butter, nuts, coffee beans and dried beans are also on the list.
That meat might not be as fresh as it looks.
Many supermarkets sell ground beef and steaks packaged with gas that keeps it looking fresh, when actually it may already be spoiled.
To avoid getting an already bad cut, ask the butcher for a custom cut and pay close attention to the sell by date.
You are what you eat, including the packaging.
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we all have a hint of Bisphenol A in our body, a potentially harmful chemical.
Consumer Reports magazine says most plastic bottles contain that chemical, as well as the lining in cans of food.
You could be eating clones, or drinking their milk.
The FDA does not require manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered plant material or on meat or milk from cloned animals.
Fortified foods can be too much of a good thing.
It’s easy to overdo it on nutrients when you eat a fortified food. One example: most Americans get plenty of protein in their regular diet but makers of protein drinks would like you to think you need more. Often consuming too much protein can be a health risk.
That chicken was a carnivore.
Livestock feed can include things like cow meat and bones. The feed is often given to pigs and chicken even farmed fish.
Some labels can outsmart even careful shoppers. Natural products may contain high-fructose corn syrup. Whole-grain cereal could lack fiber, which is often the reason for eating whole grains.
Artificial dyes banned in other countries are common in the U.S.
Other countries have asked manufacturers to stop using synthetic dyes. Often those countries require food containing them to have a warning to consumers that the food may have an effect on activity and attention in children.
Meat sludge is on the menu.
A lot of processed foods or mechanically separated meats are mixed with sodium preservatives and flavorings. Consumer Reports magazine says the meat goo will be modified before being shaped into hot dogs or chicken patties.
You might be buying fake food.
Consumer Reports magazine says some of the seemingly healthy products you buy have fake ingredients.
For instance when you see a cereal that promises a bowl full of blueberries, read the fine print, often it contains no real fruit.