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3 Things You May Never Eat Again When You Know How They’re Made

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Despite the fact that some things taste downright delicious, that doesn’t mean they’re good for us. Unfortunately, we all have at least one favorite food we can’t seem to live without, despite knowing what we do about how they’re made—namely processed. Even though there may be an FDA approval for said food product, you’ve likely had moments where you’ve wondered if you should be consuming something… right before you say, “Oh, what the heck! It’s just this once!” But most of us have had a lack of willpower at some point, practically inhaling some of the things on this list. Here are three things you may never eat again when you know how they’re made!

1. Hot Dogs

3 Things You May Never Eat Again When You Know How They’re Made

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It’s been estimated by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, there is such a thing) that roughly 20 billion hot dogs are consumed annually in the U.S. This has been averaged to 70 per person per year! But despite questions in the back of our minds about the “meat” that goes into them, on more than one occasion, we’ve managed to grab one covered in sauerkraut at our favorite major Texas sporting event (like the Astros, the Cowboys, and right on down to our Friday night high school games). It’s reported that hot dogs make use of the leftover protein pieces after an animal has been slaughtered and all the desirable cuts have been removed. In the meat industry, this little number is known as a “pre-cooked meat product.” Yummy.

2. Gummy Bears 

3 Things You May Never Eat Again When You Know How They’re Made

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Those of you who favor gummy bears as a go-to sweet treat may want to bypass this part of the article. Gummy products are made using gelatin, which is the agent used for the gelling part (or the “gummy” nature of the product). Gelatin is derived from animal bones and skin. Knowing what’s in it and seeing how they make Gummy Bears are two different horrors altogether! A video short was produced by Alina Kneepkens, a Belgian filmmaker, which outlines the process in an unattractive light. You can view it at the link provided here. Thankfully, there are vegan gelatin substitutes which can be used in such candies. It just takes a bit of homework for you to find the one that’s right for you.

3. Coffee Creamer

3 Things You May Never Eat Again When You Know How They’re Made
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