Foods You’ll Definitely Avoid After You Know How They Are Made

Foods You’ll Definitely Avoid After You Know How They Are Made


It’s not exactly something you ever want
to hear, but the sad truth is that some of the things you eat come from some seriously
questionable sources. The manufacturing process for these foods
is so disturbing that you’re bound to want to stop eating them — no matter how good
they taste. Okay, so not all hot dogs are created equal,
and some can be far worse than others, but even the process of actually making hot dogs
is kinda gross. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council states
that hot dogs are made with trimmings, which is true, but it’s not the whole truth. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the
UN defines “trimmings” as: “The raw meat materials used for precooked-cooked
products are lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal
skin, blood, liver, and other edible slaughter by-products.” “You know I thought I’d have a stomach ache
right now, but weirdly… I do.” The FAO also refers to it as “meat batter”,
which is a pretty perfect example of two words that should never go together. During the actual manufacturing process, all
these trimmings go through a series of pre-cooking, pureeing, and seasoning processes, after which
they’re squeezed into casings, which are often made of animal intestines. And there’s no amount of ketchup and mustard
that can cover up that knowledge. When Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens made
a short film documenting every step in the process of making gummy bears, she found a
process so graphic and messed up that it’s sure to have anyone swearing them off for
life. The main problem here is gelatin, one of the
key ingredients in gummy bears. Well before the bright colors are added and
the fun shapes are formed, animal carcasses are broken down and cut into pieces, with
the skin and bones boiled in water for a long, long time. It’s all done just to get that gelatin, which
is what gives the gummy treats their “gummy” texture. And if that’s making you want to wretch,
don’t fret too much, because there’s actually another option here. Vegan gummy bears get their texture from agar,
which is sourced from algae, and totally bypasses the whole bone-grinding slaughter thing. According to a report by the BBC, Nestle pays
just 524 dollars a year for a permit to extract millions of gallons of water out of California’s
national forests. In 2015, they even diverted 36 million gallons
at the same time state residents were living under strict water use regulations and drought
conditions. The worst thing about that is that a huge
amount of that water is wasted during the manufacturing process. Business Insider suggests that the general
rule of thumb is that, however much water is in the bottle, you can estimate it took
about three times that much to make the container. And it’s not just water they use, either,
it takes about 17 million barrels of oil to make all the bottles for the bottled water
sold in a year; the same amount that would have kept one million cars running for that
same year. Don’t go thinking the water you’re drinking
is much better than tap water, either. Food and Water Watch found that 52 percent
of bottled water in 2009 came from the same public sources that feed your tap. By 2018, that figure had risen to 64 percent. Worse still, bottled water isn’t even subject
to the same water safety processes and standards that have to be met by public water sources. It’s just more wasteful. According to the Huffington Post, deli meats
such as bologna and olive loaf first came about because manufacturers needed a way to
use all the animal parts that people wouldn’t buy separately. These leftovers were pureed, mixed, and molded
together and turned into the sandwich meats we all know and love. But that’s not the end of the story. In 2006, the FDA approved an extra step in
the manufacturing process, one that is supposed to help prevent the thousands of cases food
poisoning reported in the US every year which are connected to the bacteria growing on deli
meats. Listeria was responsible for around 500 deaths
annually, and manufacturers now combat that by spraying their product with a cocktail
of six different viruses. The spray is added before meat is packaged,
and the viruses are types that only attack bacteria, meaning they’re safe for human consumption…
but that doesn’t make it any less gross. Did you ever try those Jelly Belly boxes with
the really gross flavors? Harry Potter fans will know them as Bertie
Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, but they’re also available as a part of Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled
product line. And they can be great, too, if you’re prepared
for the possibility of eating something that tastes like vomit, skunk odor, or rotten eggs. “George sweared he got a bogey-flavored one
once.” But how do they get the flavors so spot-on? According to Mental Floss, Jelly Belly take
the real thing and put it into a gas chromatograph. The object is then heated, which releases
vapors of the stink they’re trying to recreate. The machine maps the chemical makeup of the
stink, translates it into flavors, and then it’s remade into Jelly Belly flavor juice. In a nutshell, the beans taste so realistic
because they’re based on the exact chemical signature of the things they’re labelled
as. Still hungry? Ever wondered how “fresh-squeezed” orange
juice still shows up on grocery store shelves in the middle of winter? Well, the whole process was documented in
Alissa Hamilton’s 2009 book Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice. Here are the basics: once the oranges are
harvested and squeezed, the juice is put through a process that removes all the oxygen, allowing
manufacturers to store what’s left of the juice in massive tanks, where it can sit for
an whole year or more. When it’s time to use the liquid, it doesn’t
just need to be re-oxygenated. It’s also been stripped of most of its flavor,
which is then added back in with flavor packs produced by companies which specialize in
creating flavor and fragrance additives. This also allows companies to tweak flavors
based on customer feedback and consumer tastes. Put short, they’re artificially adding the
flavors they took away in an attempt to make the juice last longer. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? It’s not surprising that there are all kinds
of strange things that go on during the manufacture of wine, with some processes even taking place
while the grape is still on the vine. Icewine, for example, is only made from grapes
that have been frozen before being picked, making for a super sweet dessert wine. But one other dessert wine, which is grown
mainly in the Bordeaux region of France, gets its sweetness in an even weirder way. It’s actually quite surprising that Sauternes
wine is so expensive, considering that it’s made from rotten grapes. Of course, they’re not just any rotten grapes,
they’ve got to be infected by a fungus called Noble rot. Noble rot works because the grapes are essentially
turned to raisins as the fungus grows. That way, they have less water but the same
amount of sugar content, which translates to a sweeter wine with a higher alcohol content. According to VinePair, no one’s really sure
when the practice started, because the winemakers who first used it didn’t tell anyone how
they were getting all that sweet flavor into their wine. Honestly, can you blame them? Remember that pink slime image which circulated
a few years back? It was mostly associated with McDonald’s,
and much of the outrage came from the idea that the chain was using the nasty substance
as one of their major ingredients. But many people didn’t realize that the
same pink slime is regularly used to make most ground beef. More accurately known as “lean finely textured
beef,” or “boneless beef trimmings”, this stuff is essentially made when small pieces
of lean meat, usually cuttings and trimmings from other processes, are ground down and
sometimes treated with a mix of water and ammonium hydroxide. They’re then added to the ground beef to
bulk up the product, make it leaner, and use up more of the animal. The FDA has declared it completely safe, but
if you’re still outraged then you’ll probably want to know that it’s likely found in the
ground beef you regularly pick up at the grocery store. Worcestershire sauce may have been first made
in England back in the 19th century, but the process which chemists used to create it back
then is still used today. Like those early first batches, it takes years
of stewing in buckets and barrels to make modern Worcestershire sauce. First, pickled onion and garlic is left sitting
in malt vinegar for up to 24 months. In other barrels, anchovies sit in salt for
months on end, too. Most of the other ingredients and exact quantities
used are a closely-guarded secret, but we do know there’s a lot of white and malt vinegar,
molasses, and sugar, which all gets mixed together after it’s sat and fermented and
liquified for an appropriately long time. It’s then pumped into holding tanks where
it stews for an equally long stretch of time. Finally, the sauce is strained several times
to get all the chunky bits out, ultimately turning the mixture into something that honestly
does taste way better than it sounds. “It’s Wors…Wors…” “Worste… Worcest….” “Worcestershire…” “Wor…ses… “Worcesestershire…” Let’s be honest: the planet is in a pretty
dire state these days. But one way to make a small yet beneficial
change is to cut out hard and aged cheeses from your diet. According to the Environmental Working Group,
cheese is one of the foods which hits the environment hardest. It takes an average of 10 pounds of milk to
make just a pound of cheese, and even the cows themselves have a devastating impact
on the environment, thanks partly to the gases they produce and partly because of the massive
amounts of food they eat. Milk products are also particularly bad for
the planet, because their by-products contribute massively to the process of eutrophication,
a type of nutrient pollution that’s killing off the planet’s fish. Aged cheeses present their own problems, too,
because the process of aging them requires them to be kept in a climate-controlled space,
and for most places in America that means using up a ton of electricity. Many of the grains used in cereals are prepped
for consumption using a high-temperature process called extrusion. The grains are cooked, certain components
are removed, and then they’re forced through a machine designed to reshape the grain into
the desired form and texture. A study in the International Journal of Food
Science and Technology looked at the impact of extrusion on nutritional quality and found
that while some good things come out of the process, such as the sterilization of the
grains, some pretty messed up things happen, too. Vitamins can be very easily destroyed during
extrusion, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidants. The process has also been found to greatly
reduce the number of cancer-fighting compounds in soy, as well as the soy isoflavones credited
for helping protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. While extrusion is generally viewed as a massive
step forward in the world of food processing, the loss of these beneficial compounds is
something you might want to keep in mind if you rely on cereal for a nutritional boost,
because in most cases, you’re only eating a bowl of carbohydrates that have little nutritional
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100 thoughts on “Foods You’ll Definitely Avoid After You Know How They Are Made”

  1. most bottle water is made by reverse osmosis and about a 1/3 is rejected water or the high mineral content.so they add stuff back to get the flavor. because RO water taste bland and nasty

  2. Yeah mashed, I think most people knew these things. Just cause you get grossed out doesn't mean that we: "will definitely avoid" them

  3. No damn wonder I can only drink fresh squeezed OJ…..the stuff from the store tears my stomach to bits! So, "fresh squeezed" means they squeezed it right into those vats…

  4. I do not care if the process is gross. Is it healthy for me? Is it healthy for the environment? Does it taste good? I'll eat it!

  5. None of these grossed me out, also i like how your saying that viruses are gross, most viruses and bacteria are safe for human beings, and also we are constantly in contact with billions of viruses and bacteria every second, when you swallow your salvia or breathe in, your taking in viruses and bacteria, but look we're all standing here perfectly fine.

  6. are you guys the only people who didnt know what sausages are made of? i mean seriously, how uneducated are you?

  7. This is all so fucked up 😶😐🤤😏🤔🤨😯😮😑😣🤐😦😧🙁😕😔😓☹️😞😟☹️😲😩🤯😤😢😭😱🤪😵🤢🤮🤕😡😠💀☠️👿🙈🙉🙊

  8. I bet the McDonald's sales didn't budge.
    No one cares, Even if we did, we forget. Only except cheese.
    Damn cows
    AOC Hates cheese and cows.
    Why everything sux and how we can stop population
    Let's remove chlorine from water world wide.

  9. thank God I'm vegan, !!! I'm a proud member of PETA! nothing has to die, for me to live, I love an respect God's beautiful animal kingdom,an I sincerely believe it's completely barbaric to slaughter an torture these beautiful innocent animals, I truly believe people will be judged by God for such horrendous acts .

  10. "The viruses are types that only attack bacteria…" otherwise known as bacteriophages. Just give people the term so they can look it up and learn something new.

  11. You Americans use chlorine for eggs, chicken and water – and talk about the impact of aged cheese? Ever thought about what keeps your Twinkies and your superbread soft and "fresh" for a long time? What about the massive sugar consumption? What about all the rumours about KFC? Genetic engeneering on food? Artifical colors? And so on and so on… You are what you eat.

  12. Please shut down your channel. I've seen a few videos and you guys are just pure stupid science and sensationalists to make the most basic things seem horrible

    Heaven forbid anyone use gas chromatography to be able to tell the chemical composition of something. Oh the chemicals! Will anyone please stop the dihydrogen monoxide posting everything?

  13. I mean, it all sounds gross, but as people keep eating meat, whats the problem with cutting down food waste?

  14. Killing an animal for specific parts is much more disturbing than finding ways to utilize the whole animal for consumption.

  15. my dad told me that gummies are made of cow bone but i still ate them cuz who cares that they're made of cow bone if they taste good lol
    edit: just because hotdogs are made of parts of the animal you don't grill or cut, doesn't mean it's not edible

  16. 8: 36 Are you sure that the cars we drive everyday or the tons of plastic and oil that is in the ocean aren't the bigger problems? Noooo Cheese is the REAL Enemy!

  17. All alcoholic drinks ( wine, beer, whiskey, vodka, etc. ) are made from the rotten juice of the source item. So no surprise there. Personally, I don't drink alcohol because I hate the taste. It's what I imagine turpentine or gasoline tastes like!

  18. Why does gelatine matter? The end product is completely different. Hot dogs? Sure, because the end product is the same but in a different shape

  19. The cereal i eat has almonds and dark chocolate and whole milk i also enjoy how most candy is made from meat and bones and the industry has mastered the art of not wasting any part of the animal they even make Vegan food from the left over hair fur and Fish scales by letting it simmer in a pot of cow urine for up to 4 years.

  20. A lot of that doesn't bother me. 75% of the world eats insects, so boiled bones are nothing. Fermentation of food has been used for millenia. Thing that peed me off the most was the bottled water. How the hell did Nestle even GET permission to drain off water from a national park?????😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬

  21. Qu'est-ce qui m'importe, je mange des grenouilles et des escargots avec des champignons.

    What do I care, I eat frogs and snails with fungus.

  22. OH NO! GELATIN, BENEFICIAL MICROBES AND WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE! HOW HORRIBLE! Seriously, this hypersensitive fearmongering is so lame. You do have some valid points on less ecofriendly foods/packaging, but saying that a product adhering to the traditional recipe/method is inherently bad is ridiculous.

  23. The "pink slime" claim has been endlessly debunked. It has nothing at all to do with nuggets. This is fake news. "Huffington Post" should have been my first clue.

  24. Maybe you should write AMERICAN foods. America has crappy consumer protection and the companies can do whatever they want. If only you knew how good we have it here in (uuuuuu…SOCIALIST) Europe.

  25. Chinese people literally every single fuckin animal organ(including blood) does it really matter that sausages have them too ._.

  26. mom: sweetie do u want chicken for dinner.

    me: noo did u forget I'm vegetarian

    mom: oh yeah sorry

    me: watches YouTube video while eating gummy bears

    video: did u now gummy bears are made with animal chunks

    me: mom it's ok I'm not vegetarian anymore.

  27. That’s how alcohol is made for wine it’s fermented grapes it can’t harm you that’s how all wine is made so drink up there just trying to scare you

  28. Water is not wasted. It eventually recycles itself. We are using the same water since the beginning of the earth. I do NOT approve, however, of drinking bottled water. It is the biggest ripoff, and the companies selling this should be ashamed!

  29. So. What’s gross in the video? Outside of a few facts that were wrong there wasn’t nothin gross about it

  30. I love how any time I see these in my recommended I come and look at the comments, everyone (including me) is totally fine with it lol

  31. Yeah the process of hot dogs or gummy candy might be disgusting but I don’t care I still eat them

  32. aoc said cow farts…now..now ….we need to stop eating meat cause the richness of ARE farts lololol…yea ..idiots vote Democrat see what happens…..😂😂😂

  33. Hey guess what , i reported this video for being misleading and giving people false information on everything talked about in the video.

  34. Why the HELL do they have to use the poor animals! Do they want poisen the world!
    This is how many times they should get 999.k slaps!
    👇🏻

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