Intent Video of the Day: The 26 Ingredient School Lunch Burger

“It’s as if someone crammed a flintstone multivitamin into the burger!”

Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride. Sounds like answers on a high school chemistry exam, right?

Not exactly. Those hard-to-pronounce chemicals are actually on the list of ingredients of your average school lunch burger — as well as in many frozen food items you probably consume yourself. In this edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk Kitchen, Allison Aubrey breaks down what those mysterious ingredients are and why they’re in your kids’ burgers.

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