Top Ten Strange Ingredients That Can be Listed as Natural

It seems today everybody is trying to eat more natural. We flock to fancy stores and look for the word organic on every single thing we pick up. It’s become a little bit of a competition for some people. We just love to say that we only eat natural products. But what exactly does natural mean? Here are the top ten super funky ingredients that manufacturers are allowed to list as natural. How many of these of you eaten today?


10. Castoreum:

If you are a fan of raspberry flavored sweets, you might want to look away. This is because the ingredient castoreum is a common additives to enhance the depth of flavor and sweetness of raspberry. Unfortunately, the source of this ingredient is not so sweet. That’s because this ingredient is created by processing the anal glands of beavers. Apparently chewing all that wood is great for making super delicious candy.


9. Carminic Acid:

It’s always nice to see when something only has natural colors listed as ingredients. Who wants all that food dye anyway? This ingredient is one that is commonly found in candy and other brightly colored foods. It creates a lovely red hue and is completely sourced out of natural ingredients. Those ingredients, however, are thousands of tiny dead insects that have been boiled and crushed down. The resulting liquid is carminic acid.


8. Shellac:

If you love shiny food such as the coating on candies and sprinkles, you probably consume quite a bit of this ingredient. This thick glaze is sourced from the excretions of the female lac beetle. As a bonus, it is also commonly used to seal furniture


7. Lanolin:

Do you know what makes your bubblegum sticky? You might reply that it is a colloidal substance that is sourced from a tree. Trying to convince yourself of that will probably make you feel much better when you realize that most commercial bubblegum, as well as vitamin D3 supplements, are actually given their gummy texture using lanolin. This substance is created out of the oils that are located inside a sheep’s wool. Breast-feeding mothers may also note that lanolin is often sold to soothe cracked nipples and make it easier for a baby to latch


6. Allura Red AC:

The food industry is amazing at giving ingredients names that sounds so much better than what they actually are. This ingredient sounds like some advanced additive that will increase the nutritional value of anything it’s in. It’s actually just coal tar. The product of the process that turns coal into coal gas is frequently used as a food coloring for sodas and candy.

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