• 5 Icky Things You’re Putting In Your Lunch

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    What: Sheep Sweat

    What name it goes by: Lanolin, gum base, aliphatic alcohols, cholesterin, isopropyl lanolate, laneth, lanogene, lanolin alcohols, lanosterols, sterols, and triterpene alcohols

    What it can be found in: Gum

    Lunch alternatives: Throw a sweet alternative into your lunch bag, such as small pieces of chocolate, a healthy trail mix or homemade chocolate-dipped fruit.

    What: Wood

    What name it goes by: Cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), cellulose gel, cellulose gum, and carboxymethyl cellulose

    What it can be found in: Shredded cheese, crackers and commercial macaroni and cheese products

    Lunch alternatives: If you want to avoid this additive, then roll up your sleeves and make your own mac n’cheese. Also, either shred cheese yourself, or check labels.

    What: Petroleum/Coal Tar

    What names they go by: Yellow #5 and #6, Red # 40, Blue #1 and #2, Green #3 (among others)

    What they can be found in: A LOT of food products, including cereal, processed snacks, soda and juice

    Lunch alternatives: This oil product has been linked to hyperactivity in children for years now, in addition to other health conditions, and has no nutritional value. So skip using processed foods by checking labels and making your own snacks.

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