What's for dinner? You don't want to know

  • Article by: KAREN YOUSO , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2010 - 10:33 PM

Starting in January, food manufacturers will be required to list more actual ingredients, including crushed bugs as well as secretions from beetles and beavers.

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sweeperguyJun. 21, 1010:34 PM

Not before I use 20 grit sandpaper on each Skittle before chewing. I'm definitely staying away from the Wild Berry packs--now I know why the blue raspberry orbs smell a little funky.

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churchkaJun. 21, 1010:35 PM

If you eat meat then you should have no issues with bugs and beaver stuff, unless you have a religious objection. Americans are stupid about their food.

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awshucksJun. 21, 1010:42 PM

My grandmother had a saying that "everybody needs to eat a bushelbasket full of dirt before they die." I always thought she was referring to little kids playing house in the sandbox, not to our wonderful, appetizing, and wholesome processed foods!

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olszewskipJun. 22, 10 2:25 AM

Finally the info consumers should have had for years. We don't know what real food looks like any more - for decades, we've been forced to believe that food has to be super-shiny, brightly colored, preferably fluorescent. Now we learn, some of the fun comes from the beaver's butt.

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PakudaitisJun. 22, 10 2:28 AM

Mmmmmm.... bug juice!

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elementxJun. 22, 10 2:30 AM

I'd rather eat bug colors than chemicals manufactured in a lab somewhere.

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BrewmanJun. 22, 10 6:30 AM

"Bug Colors" ARE a chemical manufactured in a lab somewhere, elementx.

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elementxJun. 22, 10 6:38 AM

@Brewman I'm referring to the fact that insects are natural, synthethic chemicals are not. I'd rather eat bugs than Red Dye #324372593 or whatever.

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millarscorJun. 22, 10 6:47 AM

How many people will read the label? It will, however, be an eye opener for some people, but thanks to our poor educational system, most won't understand the ingredients anyways. You are much better off buying food with 5 or fewer ingredients on the label like fruit and vegetables, and avoid any processed food with added sugars. As added benefits, you will help the fight against gaining weight, supporting the dominance of the agricultural conglomerates and help the family farmer.

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USukJun. 22, 10 6:59 AM

Vegitarians and vegans have known about this for a long time. It will be easier to spot these products now. These products are not natural they come from bugs but they are chemically processed in labs. It doesn't add anything to the food, just makes it look pretty. Do you know what's in your marshmallows?

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