by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Eats, People, Print
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Photo: Flickr via Brad Bethell Photography

Remember that long-haired guy that used to sing all of those spoof songs like “I’m Fat” and “Amish Paradise” ?

Turns out, Weird Al Yankovic just recently published a children’s book, titled “When I Grow Up”— and no, it’s not a parody of that song by The Pussycat Dolls. During an interview about the book he was asked why he became a vegetarian, to which he responded:

“Many years ago I found out something about hamburgers that really grossed me out. You may not know this, so I hope I don’t make you sick, but it turns out hamburgers are actually made out of dead cows. I am not making this up. Needless to say, as soon as I discovered that, I gave up meat entirely.”

Well my mind is blown.

But apparently, not many people know where their food comes from, whether it’s because the information isn’t easily accessible, or they’re being straight up lied to by food vendors.

92% of Americans are curious about the origins of their food, according to a poll by Consumer Reports, and the USDA has a website which contains a “What’s in the foods you eat” search tool, which allows the user to view nutrient profiles for 13,000 foods commonly eaten in the U.S.

The raw ingredients of some foods may surprise you, for instance, apparently those Valentine’s Day Conversation Hearts contain no trace of chalk whatsoever (though they do contain .02mg of iron!).

  • VeggieTart

    They also have gelatin, which sucks because I actually used to like them.

  • jeff

    Weird Al is the man!