By Brianna Steinhilber, Everyday Health
Cafeteria mystery meat and processed foods have led many parents to join the brown bag club - and while you may think keeping your kid out of the lunch line ensures you know exactly what they're putting into their bodies, what's lurking in many go-to healthy lunch picks may shock you. Read on for nine weird (and sometimes disgusting) ingredients that could be hiding in your child's favorite foods, plus how to spot each one's code name on the label.
1. Beaver Anal Gland Juice
Found in: Vanilla and raspberry flavored foods and beverages, puddings. On the label: It's called castoreum, but is labeled as "natural flavoring." What's it doing in there?! The less-than-appetizing brown slime that comes from a beaver's castor sacs is used to add vanilla or raspberry flavoring to foods. While it may earn a 10 in gross factor, the FDA recognizes it as generally safe for consumption. However, you won't be able to tell if the additive is in your little one'sRead More »from 9 Gross Things Lurking in Your Child's Lunchbox