We all know packaged foods that roll off the assembly line are loaded with many mysterious additives.
But have you ever wondered what these factory formulations actually look like and exactly how they’re made?
In this upcoming new book, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products (to be released September 29 and available for preorder now on Amazon), macro photographer Dwight Eschliman focuses on some of most common ingredients in processed foods while science writer Steve Ettlinger probes the exact makeup of each.
The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the often complicated compounds that go into those bags, boxes and cans that line grocery store shelves.
It’s estimated there are more than 5,000 different food additives used in the U.S – apparently know one, including the FDA, knows for sure. (The government doesn’t regulate or approve food additives.)
And considering 70% of the average American’s diet is made up of processed foods, what exactly all those multi-syllable food additives might be up to inside our bodies would be good to know.
Recent consumer demand for more “natural” foods has made many processed food conglomerates take a second look at the artificial colorings, preservatives, emulsifiers, flavor-enhancers, and other ingredients they’ve routinely dumped into their packaged goods for years.
Manufacturers say food additives are perfectly safe, while many health advocates – including paleo followers – are highly skeptical of those claims.
If you’d like to learn more about food additives from a new perspective, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products looks like a good place to start.
All photos © Dwight Eschliman/Regan Arts
Main Photo at top of post: Chlorophyll extracted from plants with harsh solvents, and typically treated with copper to prevent oxidation.
Here’s a link if you’d like to check out the upcoming book on Amazon.com: Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products