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July 26, 2012

How Much Wood is in Your Food?

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Written by: Kelly Virella

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here’s a reason why so much fast food and processed food tastes like paper: a lot of it contains wood pulp and that’s perfectly fine with the federal government. Companies are allowed to put as much of it in your food — except your meat — as they want, according to the online business magazine

The food products industry calls it cellulose and says it helps prevent food from crumbling and touts the fiber it adds to American diets. If it’s that good, maybe we should turn it into a breakfast cereal. compiled a photo slideshow of 15 foods companies that manufacture food containing cellulose. Go see the slideshow to learn exactly which foods they found contain it. As the list below shows, TheStreet says that some really big brand name companies add wood to their food.

  1. Pepsi
  2. Kellogg
  3. Weight Watchers International
  4. General Mills
  5. McDonald’s
  6. Sara Lee
  7. YUM Brands (Taco Bell)
  8. Jack in the Box
  9. Kraft Foods
  10. YUM Brands (Pizza Hut)
  11. Wendy’s Arby’s
  12. Sonic
  13. Dole
  14. YUM Brands (KFC)
  15. Nestle


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, left to right. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Azipaybarah