With the growing awareness about diseases related to unhealthy nutrition, there’s been a steady increase in the number of people who read food labels when they go shopping for food. Food packaging labels are mostly pretty transparent when one knows how to read them. However, even if we know the optimal amount of calories, fibers, sugars, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals that we should intake daily, and plan our diet accordingly, there are still some mysterious things on food labels that hide important information from us.

The following infographic by foodpackaginglabels.net deals with some common food ingredients, such as L-cysteine, Propylene Glycol, Tartrazine, whose origin might surprise and even alarm you.

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14 Bizarre Ingredients Hidden in Your Food Labels

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Co-founder and Vice President of SearchRank, responsible for many of the day to day operations of the company. She is also founder of The Arizona Builders’ Zone, a construction / home improvement portal. Follow +Irma Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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