There has been a large uproar from people all around the world recently about there being horse meat used in dishes. As an American, I don’t understand what all the hoopla is for. We here in America (and many other places around the world) eat things on a daily basis that are WAY more disgusting than horse meat. If you’re squeamish you might want to stop reading.
Here’s a short list of gross out food we eat every day:
– Bread is a staple in the diets of people all over the world. In fact, the average American will eat 56,758 slices of bread throughout their lifetime. Most breads (not including whole grain) use a softening agent called L-cysteine. L-cysteine is made out of either processed human hair or duck feathers, occasionally a combination of the 2. It is possible to create L-cysteine synthetically, but because of its expense companies continue to use human hair and duck feathers in your bread. Yum.
– That delicious pizza you had last night, covered with heavenly mushrooms and sausage, also most likely had a secret ingredient included that you’d wish you didn’t know about. Maggots. Maggots live in and eat mushrooms in the wild and therefore get harvested with the mushrooms. Because it is extremely difficult to remove all of the larvae during the cleaning process, the FDA allows companies to have 19 maggots in every 3.5 ounces of canned mushrooms. (Canned mushrooms are also allowed the bonus of 74 mites per 3.5 ounces.) Yay!
– Castoreum is found in most artificial vanilla flavorings. It typically won’t be listed on the label because it qualifies as a “natural ingredient.” Oh, it’s natural alright, about as natural as you can get in fact. So what exactly is castoreum? Beaver. As in, animal that chews on wood and builds dams, beaver. Not beaver meat though, that wouldn’t be gross enough. Castoreum is beaver anal glands. The glands have been used for centuries to give a distinct vanilla/maple flavor to culinary products. So part of what makes that maple bar you got on the way to work so sweet, beaver anus. Yeah…
When looking at the things we eat every day I wonder why there is such an outcry over horse meat being used. I guess people are more attached to horses and feel tricked into eating it. I, personally, don’t have a problem with it, but I think from now on I’d rather not know what goes into my food.
Does the use of horse meat gross you out? Let us know in the comments!