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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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