7 Gross Things Hiding in Your Child's Lunchbox

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 11, 2015

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What your child puts inside his belly must be screened for ingredients and nutritional value thoroughly. Did you know the lunch you packed for your kid today could contain some gross ingredients?
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    The Unhealthy Lunchbox

    What a child eats for lunch is every mother’s concern. In fact, every meal your child eats needs to be screened carefully for its ingredients before it gets inside your child’s belly. Therefore, to ensure that you know exactly what your child’s eating, here we tell you some hidden dangers that may be finding a place inside your child’s lunch box.

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    Human Hair

    Usually found in breads, you could check on the label for ingredient L-cysteine to be sure. While preparing the commercial dough, the amino acid is added to give it a softer texture and speed up the processing of bread and other baked goods.

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    If an ingredient called Silicon dioxide is used in your soup, your dish has sand in it. It is commonly added as an anti-clumping agent to keep the particles from binding together.

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    Wood Pulp

    If your shredded cheese has ingredients like cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), cellulose gel, cellulose gum, and carboxymethyl cellulose, you must be aware. The ingredient is used to add fiber, thicken the texture and to give food a longer shelf life.

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    Found in yogurts and juices, you must look for ingredients like carmine and cochineal extract to be sure. It is used as a colorant and comes from the crushed abdomen of the beetle. It is used to add a vibrant red hue to foods and beverages.

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    Animal Skin

    Check your frosted cereals for gelatin if you wish to prevent your child from having animal skin for their lunch. Gelatin is used as a thickening agent in products and is made from collagen, a protein derived from animal skins, usually of cows and pigs.

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    Usually found in sodas and juices, artificial food dyes are usually listed as colour followed by a number. These food dyes are made from petroleum and usually approved by the FDA, but they have remained a subject of controversy due its association with hyperactivity in kids.

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    Sheep Sweat

    Check the label of your child’s gum for ingredients like Lanolin, gum base, aliphatic alcohols, cholesterin, isopropyl lanolate, laneth, lanogene, lanolin alcohols, lanosterols, sterols, and triterpene alcohols. The oily substance found in sheep wool is used as the base for chewing gum. Gross! Isn’t it?

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