I don't know about anyone else, but since becoming a Coeliac it has become a routine to scan the ingredients list of any product I come across.
Even if I know I can or can't eat it anyway - it's like this overwhelming curiosity that I just want to know - no, just NEED to know - what goes into my food.
I definitely feel that becoming a Coeliac has improved my awareness of food.
I feel like I eat a much healthier diet away from all the processed, e-numbered, artificial food packed full of wheat flour to bulk it up.
So I thought I'd share with you a few little amusing facts I've discovered over the last few weeks whilst scouring labels.
I don't know if you will find them as amusing as I did, but when I think about people eating these foods and not having a clue what goes into their mouths, well, it does give me a mean little sense of self satisfaction...
Here's my top five!
- Hot dogs made from "mechanically recovered pork and chicken". MECHANICALLY RECOVERED? Sounds like some over-galvanised hoover sucking the bits of the factory floor and mashing them together with good old wheat flour for bulk. I actually watched a TV programme recently (the name has lost me!) where a guy was trying to create mechanically recovered meat from smashing a chicken carcass between a spinning tyre and cheese-grater-type-object...do you miss those sizzling hot dogs anymore!? Gruesome....
Asda Basics Pesto - one of the main ingredients.......POTATO FLAKES!? Never have I EVER seen a pesto recipe with the addition of the good old English potato. That'll teach me to buy cheap food, you definitely get what you pay for!
- A can of Dr Pepper contains 38 PER CENT of your daily sugar intake! No wonder my housemate had a migraine after drinking three cans (She's gonna kill me when she sees this, this link is for you Linzi - I think you had a sugar crash dear!)
- I can kind of understand why they do this but it still amuses me! Bottle of milk's allergy advice box reads: Contains Milk.......really!?
- Rowntree's Randoms contain nettle extract....in fruit flavour sweets!?