Snacks are part of our lives. We all have taken the occasional snacks to snack at school, we know that popcorn are essential in the movies, there is nothing better to eat in front of the TV than good chips and you could never have a party like God send without something to itch your fingers dirty.
In the supermarkets there are whole aisles where we can buy these delicacies that help us keep appetite from one meal to another. However, some of the most popular and tasty morsels have an unappetizing secret that you may not be aware of.
Here are 7 troubling facts about the most popular snacks:
1- Fruit snacks are not they are better than candy
Fruit snacks are marketed as a healthy source of vitamins. In their containers you can see many labels that indicate that they are made with fruit and that they contain the recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
However, nutritionally, these fruit snacks have more in common with sweets than with the fruit for real.
These snacks lack dietary fiber an important nutrient that provides fresh fruit. If you eat two small bags of Welch's Fruit Snacks, you will have consumed the same amount of calories and sugar as there is in a package of Starburst candies.
Manufacturers of Welch Fruit Snacks face a class action claiming that their labels They are false and deceptive. Plaintiff Lauren Hall says that the company's labels promise more nutritional benefits than its product offers.
2- Gummy bears are more than sugar and spices
In addition to being tasty and adorable, these colorful bears also contain remains from slaughterhouses . On its label, gelatin is mentioned as the ingredient responsible for its gumminess.
Gelatin is a very versatile ingredient that comes from animal collagen . In the Middle Ages, it was discovered that the bones and skins of animals boiled in water created a broth that solidified when it cooled. At that time, making jello was a long process that involved great cooking for six hours.
3- French fries are worse than you thought
Due to its high sodium and fat content, French fries are not considered a healthy snack. But it also contains a chemical called acrylamide . Found for the first time in certain foods in 2002, acrylamide raised many concerns in society because of its ability to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
The chemical is not found in raw potatoes, this is formed when cooked at high temperature as when fried in oil. And unfortunately for us, it seems that French fries contain higher levels of acrylamide than other foods.
The levels of this substance increase the longer and at higher temperature is its cooking. This means that frying potatoes produces more acrylamide than boiling them or heating them in the microwave. It also means that crispy chips tend to contain more acrylamide than those that are just a little golden.
4- The Takis can erode the stomach lining
Takis are rolled and crunchy snacks that come in a wide variety of flavors. In particular, the spicy flavors have been a success among children. However, this obsession with spicy foods can send more than one child to the hospital, in fact, some brands of spicy snacks have in fact been banned in some schools.
Many little ones end up in the emergency room with gastritis after eating snacks like the Takis. Gastritis is an inflammation or erosion of the lining of the stomach. Some of the symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea and a burning sensation in the stomach.
This is the case of little Andrew Medina (age 12, from Los Angeles), who was taken to the doctor for abdominal pain. Apparently, he ate about 20-30 bags of these spicy potatoes a month.
Dr. Robert Glatter believes that the flavor of these chips affects the pH levels in the stomach which it causes it to become painfully acidic. Some children suffer so severe stomach pains that they arrive at the hospital doubled by the pain.
5- The Cheetos play with your mind
The Cheetos have been around for almost 70 years. Introduced by Frito-Lay in 1948, these corn flour potatoes with cheese are still one of the main brands of snacks on the market. But Cheetos did not become so popular by accident.
According to food scientist Steven Witherly, the Cheetos are an example of " disappearance of caloric density ". When a food melts quickly in the mouth, fools the brain to think that calories have not been consumed. If your brain thinks it is not consuming calories, then it does not send the relevant messages to the stomach to indicate that it is full.
This makes it very easy to gobble up an entire bag of Cheetos, which is exactly what the manufacturers want. 19659011] 6- The pretzels are bathed in "lye"
Those pretzels so fluffy and appetizing that you would like to eat could have been submerged in a caustic chemical that is capable of dissolving glass.
Bleach is commonly used to make soap, but it is also used to make traditional Bavarian-style pretzels. The dough of this bun is dipped in a mixture of water and bleach before baking . Thanks to this bath in bleach, the pretzels acquires that golden hue when baked.
If a browning agent is not applied to the dough before baking, the pretzels come out of the white oven. A mixture of hot water and baking soda can also be used as a doping agent, but many bakers believe that the bleach method produces the best results.
Bakers generally use food-grade bleach for this process. Food grade bleach is produced and packaged in a regulated manner, but it is still the chemical equivalent of the cleaning product.
7- Popcorn can damage the lungs
Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to man. Archaeologists have found evidence that even 6,700 years ago, in Peru, this delicious and addictive snack was prepared. At that time, the popcorn was made by bringing a cob on the coals or heating it directly on a flame.
Today, the microwave popcorn facilitates the enjoyment of the snack without causing a fire . Anyone who has taken a bag of popcorn from the microwave knows how good it smells.
However, the buttery taste that smells so good contains many chemicals that damage our lungs when inhaled. Employees working at microwave popcorn manufacturing plants have developed a disease known as " popcorn lung " after being exposed to chemical vapors regularly.
the smaller airways of the lungs, making it harder to breathe.
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