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We’re Not Trying To Scare You But…This Is Scary: Creepy Facts About Foods You Eat Every Day (

Your produce can carry excrement. The FDA has deemed certain defects as harmless and allows them in the produce you buy in major stores. Just a few examples: Cinnamon can contain up to 1 milligram of animal excrement per pound, Berries can carry up to 4 larvae per 100 grams and canned pineapple can pack in 20% molded fruit.

Eating healthy is expensive…very expensive. Researchers finally crunched the numbers to find out just how much more it costs to eat healthy, versus unhealthy. The results? Shocking. Two thousand calories of junk food will cost you about $3.52 a day. The same number of calories from nutritious food costs you about $36 a day. The worst part is 81% of that price you’re paying isn’t for the actual food, but for marketing, manufacturing and packaging.

You’re not entitled to knowing where your salad comes from. When it comes to fresh produce, grocers must inform you where the food came from. But with mixed produce—like prewashed and packaged bags of “mixed greens”—you’re not entitled to any of that information. This poses a real problem considering the CDC named leafy greens one of the top foods to carry food borne illnesses. But if you hear an announcement of an E. Coli outbreak in spinach from a certain country, you have no way of knowing if that spinach made it into your mixed green bag.

Fruits and veggies aren’t as potent as they used to be. The USDA reports that fruits and vegetables today contain significantly fewer nutrients than they did two generations ago. Researchers examined 43 types of produce and found an average 15% drop in iron and a 20% drop in Vitamin C.

Calorie counts aren’t always honest. Out of 42 sit-down and fast-food chains analyzed, researchers found that nearly 20% of them were under-reporting the calorie content of their food by 100 calories or more. That’s alarming considering that regularly eating 100 more calories than necessary could add up to a 10 lb. weight gain in just one year.


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02/06/2013 11:14AM
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