Can You Read the Supermarket Labels

Can You Read the Supermarket Labels

When you go to the supermarket and walk the aisles in search of food, do you really know what you are buying? Do you know where the ingredients they put on the labels come from?

If the idea of eating insects does not appeal to you at all and may even give you some hint, what would you say if I tell you, that there are many foods and even beauty products that have insects as additives? And some of them are there on purpose!

Today I will share information, that will make us think before going to our favorite supermarket and will serve you when you read the labels.

Mealybug in the Food Industry

The first thing I will talk about will be the mealybug coloring, also called E120, and which you can often find on the labels of the products you consume.

This natural compound has been used by humans for hundreds of years, to obtain the red color you have to (literally) crush the dry bodies of the females and, lo and behold, you get the dye! But did you know that it takes 70,000 mealybugs to obtain 450 gr.?

Here are some foods that you can find:

  • Frozen meat and fish
  • Soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, powdered drinks, and alcoholic beverages
  • Yogurts, ice creams, and dairy drinks
  • Sweets, syrups, chewing gum
  • Canned fruits like cherries and jams
  • Dehydrated soups and canned soups
  • Ketchup

Back in the 16th century, the Spanish began their export to Europe, where it reached a high price as a dye to dye clothes, color food, and even used as paint.

Later, the Spanish introduced it to the Canary Islands, where its cultivation became an important economic resource for the islands.

Although, when nature tends to lose its balance and there is an alarming increase in insects, it is necessary to counter it with a pest control treatment.

Nutritional sources or pest control

We know that eating insects is something that has been around for centuries, it is estimated that almost half of the world population eats flying, stinging or crawling insects, although it seems strange to most of us.

It is ironic, that we consume insects that most of us would surely not be willing to eat, even though we already do.

I share some foods that contain traces of insects that you probably didn’t know were there.

  • Butter
  • Tomato juice
  • Ground pepper
  • Spaghetti
  • Flour
  • Peppers
  • Crushed oregano
  • Frozen spinach
  • Asparagus

So, if for some the benefit lies in the possibility that insects offer as a nutritional source in an increasingly populated planet, for others they consider pest control, as proper operations of sanitation and environmental hygiene actions.

And you, would you be willing to include insects in your diet?

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