I read an article recently about ingredients that are in food. Things of which we aren’t aware. One of those items was, wait for it . . .
A beaver’s anal gland ‘juice’. A semi-aquatic, nocturnal rodent’s undercarriage. Seriously? It turns out that this is a component of the ‘natural flavor’ ingredient you will find on many fast food and processed products you consume. Natural flavor.
What exactly IS that? And how natural is it? Not at all as it turns out. It’s an additive that flavors everything and makes you want more. Even chocolate. Once I digested this information, I read more.
This is a dark, bitter juice. No shit.
I can’t get past this. I want to know who the bright light bulb was sitting around thinking about how to improve food. “Hmm, what could the missing ingredient be?” (Taps fingers and ponders intensively.) “I know!”
Hey Mikey, he likes it.
Ok, so it IS a ‘natural’ ingredient. It’s in nature. But it’s NOT natural for my mouth. I am not on a pedestal here for Vegans, carnivores or anyone else for any other reason. I am aware that there are plenty more shudder-inducing ingredients in our food. And I can’t speak for anyone else, but I want nothing in my food that’s been at the business end of anything.
I did a quick scan of what was in our pantry and refrigerator. Much of what I found was no longer palatable. To my mind anyway. After picking up some fresh fruit and veggies at the market and reviewing what I could still eat, I realized, this isn’t how I would normally approach dieting. But hey, ‘natural’ side effect. If everyone is grossed out as I am, I’ll be responsible for revolutionizing the weight loss industry.
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Lexi blogs at Thirty Fingers and Thirty Toes about triplets, step-parenting and random thoughts & opinions.