Some processed foods are most enjoyable when consumed under a veil of ignorance.

Otto Von Bismarck, the politician who allegedly coined the phrase,“If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made,” knew this all too well.

But what about the everyday eats we assumed were safe, like bread, soda and cereal? Even if some of these foods seem innocuous, the fact that we need to pump up our snacks with additives speaks volumes about how far from ‘natural’ our food has become. Read below to find out what ingredients are really lurking behind those labels.

1 Beaver Anal Secretions


Listed under “ingredients” as: Castoreum

How we consume it: Vanilla-flavored treats

Even if castoreum, a liquid found in castor sacs near a beaver’s anus, might not SOUND tasty, it is widely used as a substitute for vanilla flavoring.