As official sounding as it is, this chemical is nothing more than a beaver secretion. But it’s not just any beaver secretion. It comes straight from the anal gland. Although it is commonly used to enhance the flavor of raspberry candies it’s also used in perfumes, medicine, and as an aphrodisiac.
Typically used to improve flavor and strengthen dough this category 2B carcinogen is what makes your sandwich taste so good. You might have trouble finding it outside of the United States though as it has been banned in the EU, Canada, Nigeria, Brazil, Peru, and even China.
Everyone knows this is one of the most dangerous substances in your lunchbox…or is it? For years there has been a lot of fear concerning MSG due to several cases of food poisoning a while back, but honestly there are a lot of substances on this list that are much more dangerous and nauseating.
A food coloring agent that has been banned in several countries including Austria and Norway, this coal tar derivative is what makes your food yellow. Although the exact effects on your health are a bit murky, its has been known to alter the behavior of young mice in several toxicity studies.
Commonly used as a flour bleaching agent in the food industry, this substance is also used to manufacture plastics and synthetic leather. It has been known to cause respiratory distress and in the UK warning labels are required on food.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
While there has been some controversy over the health effects on humans, if you live in the United States then your country is the only developed nation in the world that lets you drink milk from cows given recombinant bovine growth hormone.
While it would be understandable for small amounts of fertilizer to end up in our fruits and produce, ammonium sulfate is used extensively to make your sandwiches. Why? It provides nitrogen to make the yeast more consistent. It’s also a flame retardant.