7 shocking ways in which you're unknowingly eating fecal matter!

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When it comes to food and eating in general, the last thing you want to hear and see and think about is feces. But did you know that there are many ways that you’re ingesting fecal matter?

When it comes to food and eating in general, the last thing you want to hear and see and think about is feces. But did you know that there are many ways that you’re ingesting fecal matter?

And no, most of these foods are not the exotic kind; they are commonly used food  items that you consume on a daily basis. Here are some of them:

1. Leafy greens

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

You’d think eating salad is the healthiest thing for your diet, but leafy greens can harbor a plethora of bacteria which comes from fecal matter, including E. coli. Although using manure fertilizers is not as popular with leafy greens, fecal matter from nearby animals can make their way to the crops. Cleaning them before consuming may help, but to put matters into perspective, it’s next to impossible to keep food from contamination 100%.

2. Organic food

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

The term “organic food” is almost synonymous to “healthy,” because they contain no pesticides and chemicals. What they do have, however, is a significant amount of fecal matter.

In 2012, the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that lettuce had a five percent greater chance of fecal contamination, while 65% of organic pork was contaminated by E. coli.

3. Candies and chocolates

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

Did you know that certain kinds of sweets, including chocolates, are made with an ingredient derived from insect feces? The resinous glazed used to produce a silky smooth coating on confectioneries is called confectioner’s glazed, an ingredient produced by the female lac insect. Basically, you’re eating insect poop. The good news is that it’s relatively harmless, especially those used in this way.

On the next page, find out why peanut butter is on the list

4. Spices

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

Spices are used to add flavor to your dishes. In a way, because species naturally contain fecal matter, you’re basically adding a fecal flavor to your food when you use it.

But that all well and good, because the FDA allows small amounts of contamination in food products, including spices.

The FDA’s website said, “contamination of these products by animals usually results from either gnawing or defilement by excreta. Whole rodent pellets, bird droppings, and other pieces of animal dung are typically found.”

5. Wheat

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

It is perhaps one of the most widely-used ingredient in every household; wheat can be found in such foods as bread, pizza dough, cakes, cookies, and other baked foods. But did you know that the FDA deems 9 milligrams or more rodent feces in wheat perfectly fine and is in fact allowed to enter our food supply? If you eat any food in which wheat was used, chances are you’ve eaten rodent poop.

6. Imported seafood

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

Most imported seafood come from such countries as Vietnam and Hong Kong, and it’s no secret that most of the seafood from these countries are raised on feces, including geese and pig feces. That’s because they’re cheaper than commercial fish food. Some argue that what the fishes eat aren’t the feces itself but the algae it produces, but that fact doesn’t make them any more appetizing.

7. Peanut butter

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

FDA allows at most five percent of rodent feces in peanut butter in order to be deemed safe for sale. Other disgusting ingredients are allowed to be in peanut butters, too, like rodent hair and other excrements. Now those are something you won’t find on the ingredients list at the back label.

8. Soda fountain machines

7 Ways You’re Unknowingly Ingesting Feces

In the US, a study revealed that 48% of the soda that came from soda fountain machines were contaminated with coliform, and 20% exceeded the limit allowed by the EPA. It is unclear if the culprit is the soda itself, but researchers suspect that the contamination came from the plastic tubing in the machines, which is then deposited into the soda when people fill their cups.

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