We’re Not Trying To Scare You But…This Is Scary: Creepy Facts About Foods You Eat Every Day

February 5, 2013 ‐ By Julia Austin


Tease the “tree-huggers” lined up at their co-ops, or tending to their plot of the communal garden every day, but they could be onto something. Alarming processes and protocol aren’t only reserved for fast and processed food. There are dark secrets in almost every corner of the mass-market food industry. Surprised? See what’s going on with your food behind your back.

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  • Britt

    Good job Madame Noire! Discouraging healthy eating habits for the most overweight racial demographic in the U.S. by posting articles like these. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  • kittyluv00

    Damn…Adam n Eve really screwed us on this one…

  • kittyluv00

    Damn…Adam n Eve really screwed us on this one…

  • quincyjrue

    maaannn…they be tryin to kill us. but i know how to contain poison levels at a low! email me 20 bucs if you wnat to know the answer.

  • StayHating

    1. If almonds aren’t prepared correctly it will kill you
    And 2. If you eat too many apple seeds that will also kill you
    Both contain cyanide

  • lissa92

    That’s why we suppose to pray before we eat cause ain’t nobody checking for aLl this ish we eating to stay alive but still we need to eat healthy.


    I usually don’t comment on articles but I feel compelled to do so with this one. I live in the Bronx with my family and we are Nigerians. Thankfully for us, we never really eat out much so we stick to our African dishes. My mom spends less than $20 cooking meals for the whole week for all 5 of us…not because we don’t have the money but because we shop at our local WEST INDIES/ ASIAN/CARIBBEAN OWNED STORES…these stores are local, and they give you fresh produce and items from outside the US that are much healthier than the stuff we could get from KeyFood, C-Town, BostonMarket and all those other places. We have never gotten any food poisoning from any of the food we buy from them. No one in my family is obese, no one has any health problems that could have been caused by food. We don’t have skin issues or all that other nonsense and we rarely go to the ER or go for surgeries and we’ve been in this country for over 10 years. THE POINT IS…WE LIVE IN AN URBAN AREA AND SAVE SOO MUCH ON FOOD, STILL EAT HEALTHY AND ARE BLESSED WITH THE FACT THAT WE HAVE DELICIOUS NIGERIAN RECIPES TO KEEP US AWAY FROM THE CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND KFC! Do your research my people…do your research, eating healthy is not EXPENSIVE and eating healthy is not difficult! #GETITTOGETHERBLACKPPL #GETITTOGETHER

    • dalia

      Plus our food is very healthy. We use a lot of veggies in our dishes i.e. egusi, vegetable soup, okra soup!

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Whatever, none of my food has gotten me seriously sick at this point. . .

  • Chelly

    I am a registered dietitian in a clinical care setting. The fact that it is so cheap to get calories from processed food should be exactly why you should avoid it. We eat far too many calories as it is (3500 is average for Americans and it’s even higher for black people). Newer studies, the one cited here is old, look at nutritional value/dollar instead of calorie/dollar. When viewed this way, it is much less expensive to eat healthy. If you can’t afford to eat all whole foods and still reach 2000 calories/day, try consuming mostly whole foods and supplementing the rest of the calories with less nutritious higher calorie food.

    And when the long term costs of eating unhealthfuly are included, via diabetes, heart disease, stroke (all conditions we, black people, are even more prone to) the less money for more calories is catastrophically more expensive and not just monetarily. I see this day in and day out at my job.

    So please, medame niore, don’t drive people away from healthy eating. The small minded political message in the last article I read was strike one, this message is strike two, im about ready to give up on you guys altogether.

  • NeaJ

    I’m so sick of all these studies & articles saying certain things are bad & can kill you but there’s others studies & articles to the contrary. I have an idea: why don’t we all just starve to death!! Cause that’s what it’s coming down to. Ugh!! I need some fried chicken. BRB!!!


    Eating healthy is NOT EXPENSIVE- keep eating that crap and your healthcare will be expensive down the line- People please self- educate yourselves and ALWAYS QUESTION THE AUTHORITY- Stay away from genetically modified crops and frankenfood (there was a recent press release on the FDA approving genetically “man made” salmon- they inject the fish with genes from other plants- totally not natural)

    People in this country are blissfully ignorant when it comes to their food supply- if it has an expiration date, then chances are its not GOOD FOR YOU! Stay away from processed foods- buy ORGANIC OR EVEN BETTER- SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY-

    It pains me to see how these huge corporations have infiltrated our communities (McDonald’s, KFC, Subway-the biggest fraud of them all)- and our sickening our people- your diet is a direct connection to your health- period.

    Poor article- two thumbs down.

    • Candacey Doris

      Here’s the thing, most poor people live in the cities. Where local farmers DO NOT EXIST!. Therefore to eat organic they have to trek to their local health food store and shell out the big bucks. You and i may be able to get around that, but it’s not that easy.

      • Chelly

        I agree Candice. This is absolutely a huge issue. But, public health is trying to work on eliminating food deserts. I am optimistic.

      • healthnut

        There are plenty of URBAN FARMERS MARKETS and Local farmers that will deliver- its a matter of people wanting to take the initiative – its much easier for people to walk up the block to get a #5 or #9, hence the reason why these fast food businesses flourish in these neighborhoods- Anything is possible- If those same people that live in poor cities will get their behinds up to get the newest sneakers and jewelry, then they can put that effort in to better eating-

        No excuses.

        • hollyw

          It’s not a matter of people “wanting” to take initiative, rather poor people often faced with the dilemma of pressing concerns, I.e. what can I afford this month? vs What I’m willing to pay for in the future. Most people on welfare (w/o judging why they’re on it) cannot afford for their family to eat organic every month.

        • Candacey Doris

          Tell me where in Queens you see and urban farmer’s market! Maybe in long island, but i guarantee if you’re finding organic in NYC, Detroit, etc then you’re getting something trucked in and paying for the privilege. I’m not going to disagree that people should spend the money on the food rather than the clothes though. Can’t tell you how much i see some fool with new 22’s on his car and his child wearing raggedy clothes or eating happy meals.

    • Ms_Sunshine9898

      I disagree. During one of my worst struggles living on my own for the first time I had $20 for groceries. That’s it. I had a coupon for $5 off a $25 at the local dollar general. I bought several packs of tuna in water for about $1.25 a piece, canned corn, oatmeal, a loaf of bread, and other ridiculously cheap items. Even a six pack of ramen noodles for about 75 cents. All of this under $3 a piece. That $20 got me more to eat for 2 weeks than anything I found perusing the sale items at grocery store. Some of the food wasn’t the healthiest, but it was food when all I had was $20 in my pocket and that gonna have to buy me enough to survive for another 3 weeks until I got paid again. Sorry to bust your bubble but the struggle is real . . .

      • Guest360

        PREACH!!! As a college student living in ATL, the struggle is real. I’ve got $20 in my bank acct right now and about $10 worth of cash in my wallet. All of which has to last me the next 3 weeks. You better believe I’m buying $0.50 ramen noodle packets, oatmeal, cereal, milk, bread and peanut butter and jelly to get me through. Thank god for campus events that give out free food or I’d be starving myself over the weekends lol. It’s all well and good to say “go to your local farmer’s market” but when you’re living in the city and can’t find one of those, what do you do? It’s gotten to the point that even regular grocery stores cost an arm and a leg and it’s money I just don’t have right now. By all means. Point me to the nearest and cheapest farmer’s market (where I don’t have to take MARTA to get to it cause that costs money too lol) and I’ll gladly go. But if not, I’d suggest you keep your “no excuses” B.S to yourself. Just sayin’……

        • healthyhappy

          Sounds like you have nothing but lame excuses. You CAN catch the bus to Dekalb Farmers Market (google it). Cheap quality produce, you can even buy spices for very little. When I lived in Atlanta without a car. I did it, because it’s cheaper than being sick. I didn’t have a lot of money either, plus I was supporting a child I worked full time and I was a student. I was not about to feed him or myself that garbage you put in your body. You sound really lazy. What’s your excuse going to be when you start having health problems or worse cancer?

          • York

            In general, I find that people will find any excuse to eat junk! I know folks in poorer neighborhoods that have built their own small gardens, or at least buy canned fruit. There really is little excuse when it comes to your health.

          • Ms_Sunshine9898

            Instead of giving her H#ll for asking what do you do, the least you could do is point her in the right direction without the self-righteousness. . .

          • Guest360

            With what money dear? Catching the bus costs money, both going there and coming back. I mean if you’re willing to come out to Fulton and drive me to Dekalb for free and drop me back off at my dorms, I’d very well appreciate it. But if not, shove your opinions and self-righteous indignation. People do the best with what they have and until you’re in their position, you don’t have the right to judge.

            • healthyhappy

              Call it whatever you’d like. I stand by that statement. My intent was not to be self-righteous, You only took it that way because you are still lazy and full of LAME excuses. I have been in your position dear. You seem a little angry, perhaps it’s your crappy diet. Good luck to you!

          • notagoodtime

            how about you shut up and let her eat whatever the heck she wants to eat ?