Bizarre ingredients hidden in processed foods

Most of us dig into our processed foods without a second thought about what is actually inside them – as long as it tastes good, it’s all good … right? You may be surprised to know that the food information labels on the packaging hide some pretty bizarre secrets.

Some of the ingredients that we consume daily in our favourite processed foods come from the strangest places – from bread containing an ingredient derived from human hair (yum!) to bull bile in energy drinks.

So, next time you go to the supermarket for your weekly grocery shopping, take a closer look at those food labels. Here are some interesting facts about processed foods you probably didn’t know.


The organic compound propylene glycol – also found in antifreeze – is a common ingredient in foods such as icing for cakes. It is used to thicken, stabilise and keep food fresh.

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