Watch what you are eating: Components from human hair and beavers' scent sacs used in foods like ice cream and bread

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Published on December 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

Watch what you are eating: Components from human hair and beavers’ scent sacs used in foods like ice cream and bread


According to new research, human hair sourced from barber shops in Asia and secretion from private parts of Beavers are paving their way into our daily food. A new investigation into food, drinks and beauty products has revealed some of the most bizarre ingredients.
The study claimed that the sweepings from the floors of barbershops in China and secretion from a private part of a beaver ended up on the nation’s tables.The new study has lifted the lid on some of the unusual ingredients utilised by the beauty giants, food industry and others. Researchers have unveiled that some supermarket bread includes an ingredient which is derived from human hair. According to a new report, some of the bread that are available in the supermarket contain an amino acid that is obtained from hair gathered from the floors of barbershops. It is just some of the shocking ‘secrets’ about the food we commonly eat.
The amino acid – L-Cysteine – is employed to increase shelf-life in goods such as commercial bread.


Bread – L-Cysteine from human hair is employed to increase the shelf-life of bread.
Ice cream – The vanilla flavouring castoreum basically comes from beaver castor sacs.
Ready made cake mix – Propylene glycol which is an anti-freeze ingredient is employed to stop fat clumping together.
Bananas – Chitosan which is utilised to prevent bananas over-ripening is manufactured from shrimp shells
Marshmallows – These are made by using Gelatine which is made from boiled animal bones.
Jelly beans – Shellac, which is a resin secreted by lac bugs, is utilised so as to make the jelly beans shine.
Chicken nuggets – Some chicken nuggets comprise of dimethylpolysiloxane which is employed to make silicone breast embeds.
Red sweets – Foods dyed with a red dye may include Carmine made from dead and crushed beetles.
Vanilla Icecream? There is nothing as natural as the vanilla ice cream, which is a simple mix of cream, sugar and egg yolks, flavoured with vanilla pods.
Nevertheless, it too may come with a remarkable ‘natural flavouring’.
For the authors of the research point out that castoreum, which is derived from beavers’ castor sacs could be the ingredients used in the mix.Castoreum, is used by beavers to scent their territory. It has featured in food and fragrances for around 80 years.
It appears there are chemical alternatives nowadays, but the researchers claim that some companies may still be utilising the scent without reporting it.
The research was ordered by Privilege insurance and agrees to reveal the top 20 secrets behind British consumers’ popular staples, from orange juice to shoes.The details were assembled by a company called Opinium, which describes itself as an award-winning strategic insight firm.Other food secrets include a claim that bananas are not significantly vegetarian. And this is because the pesticide they are sprayed with may be obtained from shrimp and crab shells.
It is alleged that the main ingredient in anti-freeze is used to stop instant cake mixes clumping together.
And, it appears that particularly chicken nuggets are only 50 per cent chicken and the rest combine a chemical, which is found in breast implants.While gelatin made from boiling animal bones, is also seen in some breakfast cereals, so as to make the sugar stick.
When looked at other sectors, researchers observed that products labelled ‘leather’ in the shops don’t really have to be 100 percent leather.
At the same time, sheets marked as the luxurious ‘Egyptian Cotton’ only have to receive five per cent of the high-end product.
And ‘British wool’ only contain 50 percent of wool from UK sheep in its mix.
It has also been shown that certain red cosmetics products, which includes lipsticks, get their colouring from dead and crushed beetles that have been boiled along with ammonia.
Dan Simson, who is the head of Privilege Insurance said that Privilege believes in straight talking and customer confidence, so they commissioned this study to approve or dispute once and for all, some of the daily consumer scenarios we are all confronted with.
Some of the conclusions are shocking and more should be done to promote labelling that doesn’t insincerely disguise anything as ‘natural’.It is important that the consumer has all the details so they can make a logical and sensible decision about the products they are purchasing.