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What are the strangest chemicals you have seen in food? Here are two very strange chemicals I have seen in food:<br><br><br><br>
Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is used as a de-icing ingredient in anti-freeze, "fog juice" in fog machines, and a thickening agent in shampoo. What purpose does it serve in food? Probably a thickening agent. Propylene glycol is non-toxic in small amounts, but what effect can it have as it builds up in our bodies?<br><br><br><br>
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Sodium laureth sulfate is a strong solvent used as a garage floor cleaner and is a cheap foaming agent for shampoos and toothpastes. What place does it have in food? Now that, I don't know.
 

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I know it's not a chemical additive... but Potted Meat Food Product... man is it full of scariness!!<br><br><br><br>
I originally found this at random in a supermarket. It has ingredients such as "mechanically separated chicken" and "partially defatted cooked pork fatty tissue." I believe these two pages will give you a glimpse at the most disturbing "food" ever put in a can.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.pk.org/pottedmeat.html" target="_blank">http://www.pk.org/pottedmeat.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/potted.html" target="_blank">http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/potted.html</a>
 

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Wow, you just reminded me of <a href="http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/cat_steve_dont_eat_it.php" target="_blank">Steve, Don't Eat It!</a><br><br><br><br>
I personally want Steve to eat some Worthington Loma Linda canned <a href="http://www.kelloggs.com/cgi-bin/brandpages/product.pl?product=374&company=41" target="_blank">FriChick</a>. Or <a href="http://www.kelloggs.com/cgi-bin/brandpages/product.pl?product=368&company=41" target="_blank">Choplets</a>. Whatever.
 

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All further proof that for many people, the concept of checking ingredients labels is completely foreign. Some people will buy anything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/doh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":doh:">
 

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Well, it's not a chemical, but I just read the ingredients list on a bag of pretzels today that said "anchovies". That's just plain absurd!
 

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There's beef fat and pork gelatin in Hostess Cupcakes. I kinda understand the gelatin but beef fat?!<br><br><br><br>
EEEWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Seb_0810</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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Mm, I slather that on Twinkies for breakfast
 

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Well, it's not a chemical, but I just read the ingredients list on a bag of pretzels today that said "anchovies". That's just plain absurd!</div>
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ewwww.......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> anchovie pretzels...??? i would not even look at them... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> now that's just sick!!!!
 

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I went to find Chicken McNugget ingredients as they used to contain "defoaming agents"... apparently they don't anymore.</div>
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That gave me the funniest (sickest) mental picture! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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ewwww.......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> anchovie pretzels...??? i would not even look at them... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"> now that's just sick!!!!</div>
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Yeah, it's not like they were flavored pretzels. They looked normal. I was just checking to make sure they were vegan, never expecting to see anchovies listed! Double <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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I went to find Chicken McNugget ingredients as they used to contain "defoaming agents"... apparently they don't anymore.</div>
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That gave me the funniest (sickest) mental picture! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"></div>
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I pictured foaming chicken nuggets... gross! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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Tess, those Choplet things you linked to are honestly not so weird - just seitan-in-a-can, similar to what the Chinese have been doing for years with their <a href="http://www.evercompanion.com/anuga/classics_DM.htm" target="_blank">Asian Canned Seitan/Gluten</a>. Check out any Asian market and they'll have shelves of canned-fake-meats.<br><br>
A local Chinese restaurant uses the Choplets in several of their "beef" dishes and they're quite tasty (at least prepared the way the restaurant does it) and vegan as well.
 

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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> Formaldehyde is a major air pollutant and is used in the production of plastic! What place does it have in beer?
 

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Titanium dioxide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_dioxide" target="_blank">From Wikipedia:</a>Titanium dioxide is the most widely used white pigment because of its brightness and very high refractive index (n=2.4), in which it is surpassed only by a few other materials. When deposited as a thin film, its refractive index and color make it an excellent reflective optical coating for dielectric mirrors. <b>TiO2 is also an effective opacifier in powder form, where it is employed as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, coatings, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and most toothpastes</b> (emphasis mine).
 

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Titanium dioxide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanium_dioxide" target="_blank">From Wikipedia:</a>Titanium dioxide is the most widely used white pigment because of its brightness and very high refractive index (n=2.4), in which it is surpassed only by a few other materials. When deposited as a thin film, its refractive index and color make it an excellent reflective optical coating for dielectric mirrors. <b>TiO2 is also an effective opacifier in powder form, where it is employed as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, coatings, plastics, papers, inks, foods, and most toothpastes</b> (emphasis mine).</div>
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Aww, Marge! What if I'm not getting enough... titanium??
 
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