12 Processed Foods Companies Try To Convince You Are Natural

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A recent Associated Press story revealed how companies are fighting to make their foods appear more natural. 

“Food companies are responding to the adage that people eat with their eyes,” writes Candice Choi at the AP. “Americans still love their fast food and packaged snacks, but they’re increasingly turning their noses up at foods that look overly processed.”

Companies have responded by developing technology and preparation methods designed to make packaged food seem natural. 

From lunch meat to burgers, see what they’re doing. 

The pizzas are supposed seem 'rustic,' even though the dough is the same Domino's uses for normal pies, according to the AP.

McDonald's makes the Egg White Delight sandwich's egg look jagged and irregular.

This is supposed to make the sandwich seem more wholesome than the regular Egg McMuffin, the AP reports.

Taco Bell's refried beans allegedly arrive on location in powder form.

'They're not beans, it's literally oatmeal oats that inflate when you add hot water. Some beans are thrown in, but the entire thing is like clay. I can sculpt things with it,' an employee told Reddit.

The technology took two years to develop, according to the AP.

Wendy's softened the edges of its hamburger patties to make them seem less processed.

The 'natural square' is supposed to make consumers feel like the beef is fresher, the AP reports.

The chicken is injected with water, fillers, and preservatives, according to MoneyWatch. Employees soak it in hot water to thaw before preparing.

Hillshire Farm added caramel colouring to the edges of its turkey lunchmeat.

The colouring was supposed to 'give the impression that it was just sliced from a Thanksgiving roast,' according to the AP.

Chick-fil-A's Chicken Salad Sandwich is allegedly made from discarded chicken patties.

A former employee claimed on Reddit that 'the patties are manually stripped of breading, then chopped up and mixed with celery and mayo and whatnot. How anyone can pass this menu item off as healthful is beyond me. It's nasty.'

McDonald's has four distinct shapes for its Chicken McNuggets.

The bone, ball, bell, and boot shapes make consumers feel like they're not eating homogeneous product.

Many burger patties arrive at fast food restaurants with the grill marks already charred on.

The grill marks are often made in a factory, according to Reader's Digest. Workers simply reheat the burgers on grills to thaw.

They include 'chicken powder,' caramel colour, and preservatives, according to Natural News.

Subway's 'seafood salad' is allegedly really just imitation crab.

A Reddit user claimed that Subway's 'seafood salad' was just imitation crab and lots of mayo. Imitation crab is made by blending seafood together and dyeing the outside of the product red to look like the real thing.

You've seen fast food items that are supposed to seem natural...

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