20 Gross Food Facts That Will Change The Way You See Some Foods

Published 4 years ago

You’ve probably heard some gross food myths in the past, like the fact that sausages contain animal by-products or that chocolate bars contain insect parts, and thought that there’s no way it could be real. Well, we’ve got some bad news – as disgusting as some of those myths sound, some of them are actually true.

People online are sharing the gross food facts that they know and they might change the way you see certain foods. From dirty restaurant ice to moldy tomato paste, see the most disturbing facts about the foods we eat every day in the gallery below!

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Worked at Subway 2010-12. Only thing I have to say is that tuna and seafood packaged used to have a label on it that said that it didn’t contain dolphin or turtles in the meat, then that label suddenly disappeared in 2012.


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I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don’t buy the hotdogs.

Do not. Buy. The hot dogs.

They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them – and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill, that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hot dogs after two full days, but the management didn’t want to let us.

Oh, and our freezer broke so all the meat got stored in the ice bin. And our management always told us when the surprise health inspections were gonna show up, usually a week or so in advance.


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One of the most expensive forms of coffee is Kopi Luwak which is coffee beans that have been eaten by a Asian Palm Civet and pooped out and can run up to $700 a kilo.


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Salami isnt cooked. It is technically a raw product. In its production good bacteria is added that decreased* the ph to a point that harmful bacteria such as e. coli and listeria can’t survive, which then make it safe to eat. Not to mention the cool fungus that grows on the casing to protect it from dying out too much. Very neat. (Meat Science major, we make Salami and other meat products on campus in a dinky meat lab)


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There is always cow feces in all milk. Cows’ assholes are right above the udder. Udders are cleaned before attaching the milking machines, but sh** happens all day long while cows are getting milked. Once you see a milking operation, you’ll be REALLY glad to know that they literally pasteurize the shit out of that milk.


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You should not feed honey to children under one years old because it contains spores of a bacterium that will produce the possibly deadliest poison known to mankind


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The roe and milt of certain fish is a common delicacy across the world, including sturgeon roe, otherwise known as caviar.
While roe is widely known to be fish eggs, it’s not so well known that milt is fish sperm.


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Grocery stores will sometimes mix in food colouring in with near expiration date meat to make it look fresh


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Usually because no restaurant ever has cleaned out the ice machine. It also depends on what they use to scoop the ice out of the machines. If you got people with dirty hands with a scoop scooping out ice you can imagine all the nasty particles that rub off on the ice etc. Do that 4-5 times a day and you see the potential for nasty to accumulate.


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Casu marzu. There exists a cheese that contains live maggot larvae on purpose.


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The contents in a jar of peanut butter contains on average 2 bugs.


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They use shellac to make some different foods and candies more shiny. Shellac is an excretion from the lac beetle.


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FDA regulations state that ten insects and 35 fruit fly eggs per 8 oz. of raisins is OK. It doesn’t stop at raisins, though.


Canned pineapple can pack in up to 20% moldy fruit.


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Every time you eat fresh produce, you’re taking the risk that no one who touched it also didn’t poop in their hands. So, wash everything and enjoy your salad.

Prepackaged salads are an excellent source of bacteria. The salad gets washed once, then is sold to you.


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In the United States companies can legally sell curry powder that contains less than 100 insect fragments per 25 grams

Hops with less than 2500 aphids per 10 grams and coffee as long as less than 10% of beans are moldy.

Even with modern technology, all defects in goods cannot be eliminated. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration has set allowable defect or “tolerance levels.”


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Shrimps diet consists mainly of poop. If you’ve ever eaten shrimp, you’ve eaten poop from potentially thousands of different animals including humans.


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Some raspberry flavorings come from beaver anal glands.


Tomato paste is considered bad only if more than 45 percent contains mold.


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Uni is just sea urchin gonads.

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