21 Worst Foods You Can Eat

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7. Jelly beans

The Turkish delight, a Middle Eastern sweet made of soft jelly, covered in confectioner’s powder provided the basis for jelly beans and we can trace them back to Boston confectioner William Schrafft, who urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War. However, it was not until July 5, 1905 that jelly beans were mentioned in the Chicago Daily News and since then, well, you already know what happened. The basic ingredients of jelly beans include sugar, corn syrup, and pectin or starch. The fun starts when we get to, I guess, advanced ingredients: lecithin, anti-foaming agents, beeswax, salt and confectioner’s glaze.

Not that sugar and corn syrup are healthy, as you’re about to read. Let’s take corn syrup, a substitute for sugar, for an example, and study it further. First of all, in the United States sugar prices are two to three times higher than in the rest of the world, which makes HFCS significantly cheaper: it is the principal sweetener used in processed foods and beverages.  Notice the word cheaper in there. Studies have shown that HFCS affects the liver functions, childhood obesity and early death, but that’s not all! A recent study done on Princeton showed that high fructose corn syrup actually does make you gain more weight than the same caloric amount of table sugar.

To make things worse, jelly beans are coated with shellac to make them shiny.  Shellac, also known as pharmaceutical glaze or confectioner’s glaze, is recognized as GRAS under the FDA or Generally Recognized as Safe for human consumption. But just because the FDA said it was safe, doesn’t mean you would eat it if you knew how shellac was made.  Or to be precise, what it was made from. So, the next time you’re eating jelly beans, remember that shellac is made from the excrement of bugs.  In other words, bug poop.

If you are still not disgusted or scared, you should know that orange and purple dyes can impair brain function, while other dyes can cause behavioral problems in kids and ADHD.  Scared now?

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