When you purchase food from a grocery store or restaurant, are you aware of all the ingredients that are included in the item? Some ingredients are a given, but others are not. Even when reading the ingredients list on a food label, you’re probably familiar with most of the names. However, if you’re someone who truly cares about what you put in your body, then you definitely want to educate yourself when it comes to unknown food additives and flavorings.

To get you started, here are some of the unexpected ingredients that you just may find in your lunch or dinner.

lunch ingredients

As you look through the infographic, you may be surprised to see that many fast food items contain TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone), a chemical preservative which is a form of butane (a flammable hydrocarbon gas). Many processed meats also contain sodium nitrate, which becomes highly carcinogenic once it enters your digestive system. Sadly, this infographic shows that you’re often doing your body way more harm than good when eating everyday favorites. Which ingredient are you most surprised about?

7 Unexpected Ingredients You Might Be Eating for Lunch Today | Care2

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