Chemicals!: If All-Natural Products Had Ingredient Labels

January 21, 2014

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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).

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

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