Chemicals!: If All-Natural Products Had Ingredient Labels

January 21, 2014


These are the 'ingredient' lists for all natural eggs, bananas and blueberries. They were made by Australian chemistry teacher James Kennedy to show that you shouldn't necessarily be afraid of chemicals in your food just because their names are terrifying and impossible to pronounce.

"I want to erode the fear that many people have of 'chemicals',' and demonstrate that nature evolves compounds, mechanisms and structures far more complicated and unpredictable than anything we can produce in the lab," he told io9.

"This poster series breaks down all the major ingredients in popular natural foods--using E-numbers and IUPAC names instead of common names where they exist. Anthocynanins, for example, which are said to give blueberries their "superfood" status, are also known as E163."

I don't know, when I go shopping for something to eat I only like to buy products with four ingredients or less. I'm joking, when I go shopping for something to eat I only like to buy products with at least 1,400 calories and 65% of my saturated fat because I never know where my next meal is coming from.

Keep going for closeups of each (sorry, no dingleberries -- they're all fiber anyways).




Thanks to Marcus, who doesn't both looking at labels because clearly Spaceship-Shaped Sugar Bombs only have one ingredient: spaceship-shaped sugar bombs.

  • They use the E number classifications in Australia? I thought those were just used in Europe.

  • Geoff Keighley


    it's like 6 anals

  • Bitch please.

    HEXADECANAL: Sixteen times.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    I'm still waiting for one shred of scientific proof that GMOs are intrinsically unfit for human consumption.

    Unfortunately for hippies, like creationists, no such evidence will ever come to fruition. Because hippies, like creationists, will do everything they can to avoid facts.

  • Marcus Clark

    Your first sentence earned you an up-vote. The foolishness in your second/third sentences lost it.

  • Tyler AitchKay

    I don't care

  • Melissa

    You know what? If the rats that eat them end up being more tumor than rat because of it, I will take my chances on not eating it. More for you then, enjoy.

  • ProfessorJericho
  • Serendipity

    " journal's editorial appointment of biologist Richard Goodman, who
    previously worked for biotechnology giant Monsanto for seven years." This was the editor that withdrew the paper... LOL

  • Tyler AitchKay

    "end up being more tumor than rat because of it,"

    Source your claims, please.

    Naturalnews is not a scientific journal, mind you

  • RareAwesomeman

    I call shenanigans, the reason fruits, veggies, and lean meats are healthier is the balance of the nutrients they have in them. processed foods aren't balanced, everything is pushed towards tasting better with no regard for health cause that's what sells

  • moo

    well, **natural** food is heavily processed toward what tastes good too.
    The yellow banana doesn't exist in the wild, it is a random mutation
    selected for its incredible sweetness and its ability to be eaten raw.
    It appeared ~150 years ago.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I don't think he would disagree, he was just pointing out that the descriptions of the ingredients sound scary and artificial even when perfectly healthy and completely natural.

  • RareAwesomeman

    I never said he would. Heck if they were used in proper proportions I am sure they could be used for healthy food, lowering costs and helping the underprivileged eat better instead of the junk food and fast food. I just feel that is where the arguments should be.

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