For instance, if you look at the ingredients label of certain brands of gelato, you may find a very odd (and disgusting) ingredient: shellac. For reference, shellac is an ingredient in furniture polish.
“Shellac” isn’t the only name this ingredient goes by, either. Marketers try to hide this ingredient under more “consumer-friendly” aliases, such as “confectioner’s glaze” and “resinous glaze.”
Speaking of which, shellac is also in the donut glaze that make them so appealing to the eyes.
However, shellac isn’t what you think. This common ingredient originates from the secretion of the lac bug. And the FDA has actually given shellac its approval for adding to our food.
Gelato isn’t the only food that contains shellac, either. Some other popular dessert items that have this ingredient include: donut glaze, Whoppers candy, Milk Duds, Raisinettes, Goobers, Junior Mints, and Sugar Babies.
Certain items made by Godiva and Russell Stover also contain shellac.
Not to mention, shellac is also in many medications. This glaze is often put on delayed-release capsules to help them be more palatable and to prevent them from immediately breaking down in the stomach.
So, the moral of the story is make sure you know exactly what you’re putting in your mouth before you indulge in your favorite treat.
To be on the safe side (and to avoid eating bug secretion) we suggest having a piece of fruit as a healthy treat at the end of the day.