A new book has revealed the ingredients of 25 foods with a series of pictures. Food writer Steve Ettlinger and photographer Dwight Eschliman deconstructed food to show what they are really made up of.
The book, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products, has broken down the ingredients of 25 foods to show what additives go into some of the most commonly eaten foods.
‘McDonald’s chicken nuggets contain ingredient like dextrose, which is a sugar also used by shoe makers to make the leather more pliable.’
The book has photographs of ingredients that go into the products. Ingredients of food products such as McDonald's chicken nuggets, Red bull, Dr Pepper, Campbell's chicken soup, Naked Green Machine smoothie and PowerBar energy bars have been revealed.
By studying the publicly available nutritional information they found that McDonald's chicken nuggets have a total of 40 ingredients. The ingredients included white boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt. For seasoning: autolyzed yeast, salt, wheat starch, natural flavor (botanical source) safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with water. Enriched flour: bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, Salt.
Leavening: baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate, spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch. Prepared in Vegetable Oil: canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid to preserve freshness of the oil and dimethylpolysiloxane to reduce oil splatter when cooking.
Dextrose is a sugar also used by shoe makers to make the leather more pliable. Corn starch, an ingredient usually used for thickening food and is also used as a substitute for petrol.
Eschliman said, "If you think it's great that we can go to the grocery store, we have dozens of items to choose from, we don't worry about being poisoned, we don't worry about starving when there's a bad harvest—a lot of this goes back to food additives and how they allow the industrial process of making food possible."