Bugs in broccoli
When you pop a maraschino cherry into your mouth, you're probably thinking your only health concern is red dye and sugar, right? Wrong. According to FDA's "Defect Levels Handbook," there is a certain amount of maggots that are expected in each jar of the popular preserved cherries. And that's just the beginning! From mold to insects to rodent filth, there are all kinds of undesirable extras in everyday edibles that, while considered harmless, aren't exactly appetizing. Read on for the shocking unexpected ingredients that you're probably swallowing along with your favorite foods.
Brined and maraschino cherries
An average of five percent or more cherries are said to carry maggots. Think about that next time you pop one into your mouth!
Macaroni and other pasta
We all love pasta, despite the fact that sample testings show it has an average of 225 insect fragments or more of "insect filth" and an average of 4.5 rodent hairs per 225 grams.
The goodness that is apple butter tastes far less sweet when you consider the average mold count is 12 percent or more and there's an average of 4 or more rodent hairs and five or more whole or equivalent insects per 100 grams of the stuff.
If you're munching on 100 grams of broccoli that's been previously frozen, you're also ingesting an average of 60 or more aphids, thrips, and/or mites too!
Canned or frozen berries
Next time you throw 500 grams of frozen or canned berries into your smoothie or other recipe, know that you're also adding four or more larvae or an average of 10 or more whole or equivalent insects into the mix. Oh! And the average mold count is 60 percent or more, too.
There's more than pumpkin-pie flavorings in your Allspice jar-specifically an average of 30 or more insect fragments and an average of one or more rodent hairs per 10 grams of the spice. Mmm-mmm good!
Say hello to an average of 400 or more insect fragments and 11 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams!
Canned and dried mushrooms
We don't know about you, but the fact that you can expect an average of 20 or more maggots and an average of 75 mites per 100 grams of drained canned mushrooms or 15 grams of dried mushrooms is enough to make us queasy.
Canned and frozen peaches
An average of three percent of summer's preserved sensational fruit has mold and/or worm damage, while you can expect one or more larvae and/or larval fragments with an aggregate length of five millimeters or more.
Alas, America's go-to sandwich spread has an average of 30 or more insect fragments, 1 or more rodent hairs, and 25 milligrams of inorganic residue in each 100 grams.
Who doesn't use canned tomatoes? Perhaps people who are bothered by the fact that one 500-gram can includes an average of 10 or more fly eggs and two maggots.
Tomato paste, pizza, and other sauces
Along with the above tomato products, every time you ingest 100 grams of sauce, you're also enjoying 30 or more fly eggs and two or more maggots.