Have you ever wondered what the ingredients list of a banana looks like? Surprisingly, it’s not as simple as: “Banana”. It’s more like the following:
Kind of surprising, huh? Processed foods are known for their extra-long lists of chemical-laden ingredients. But even the simplest of foods may come with a surprisingly long list, accordingly to James Kennedy, an Australian chemistry teacher, who has put together the following infographics.
“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,” writes Kennedy, who personally avoids buying any sort of food with monosodium glutamate (MSG) or high-fructose corn syrup.
He’s focusing on highlighting the ingredients in food to demonstrate how “natural” products (such as a banana) can contain scary-looking ingredients. All the ingredients on the list above are 100% natural in a non-GMO banana. None of them are pesticides, fertilisers, insecticides or other contaminants.
“This poster series breaks down all the major ingredients in popular natural foods—using E-numbers and IUPAC [International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry] 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,” he explained.
According to James, there’s a tendency for advertisers to use the words “pure” and “simple” to describe “natural” products when they couldn’t be more wrong. With this diagram, he wanted to demonstrate that “natural” products are usually more complicated than anything we can create in the lab. So what’s the point? To show you that ingredients labels can be confusing and the only way around it is to stay informed & do your part to learn about what you’re putting in your body! We hope we can help 🍌