The 5 Grossest Things You're Eating

There are two types of reality food shows on TV. The first features mouthwatering meals we wish we could eat right off our flat-screens. The second subjects us to gag-inducing footage of people wolfing down bull testicles, duck embryos, and puréed insects.

Is your kitchen more a) MasterChef or b) Fear Factor?

I'm sorry to say, the correct answer is probably B. Thanks to modern food processing techniques, manufacturers are allowing toxic and disease-promoting ingredients to find their way into our food, and in many cases, they've invented clever ways to keep them off the ingredient statement.

So with help from Rodale.com writer Leah Zerbe, I’ve narrowed down the most sordid supermarket selections for you. Read on for five of the grossest foods your grocer has to offer. And for more simple secrets that will keep you looking and feeling your best all year long, follow me here on Twitter or sign up for our FREE Eat This, Not That! daily newsletter. You'll learn how to lose weight without ever dieting again.

Gross Food #5: Grain products

Why it’s gross: Many packaged breads and baked goods contain L-cysteine—a non-essential amino acid made from dissolved human hair (often from China) or duck feathers (mmmm). Food manufacturers use the ingredient as a commercial dough conditioner, meant to improve the texture of breads and baked goods.
Why it’s bad: Eating something derived from the human body violates the religious and ethical beliefs of Muslims and vegans. Plus, eew! If you want to avoid ingesting hair and feathers—and really, who doesn’t?—try eating unprocessed whole grains like oats and brown rice, and make your own baked goods whenever possible.

TRICKS THAT FIGHT FLAB: When it comes to weight loss, what you eat is only half the equation. How you eat is equally important. Check out The 20 Habits That Make You Fat and watch your belly disappear.

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