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Ingredients of an All-Natural Banana

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This is certainly something to be wary of. Everything has chemicals in it, so keep that in mind next time you go grocery shopping. The trick is knowing what ingredient is naturally in the food product and what’s added and why. Don’t let those food advertisements scare you. If you ever have a question about any ingredients, post them to my questions page, and I’d be happy to explain.
This article was popular enough to make it into one of my biochemistry lectures.

James Kennedy

This visualisation has a short story behind it.

Ingredients of an All-Natural Banana Click to view large JPEG

I usually care too much about food labels. If something has monosodium glutamate (E621) or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in it, I’m probably not going to buy it no matter how healthy or delicious the food looks as a whole. (Strangely, I’d be willing to eat it, though.)

Some people care about different ingredients such as “E-numbers”. I made this graphic to demonstrate how “natural” products (such as a banana) contain scary-looking ingredients as well. All the ingredients on this list are 100% natural in a non-GM banana. None of them are pesticides, fertilisers, insecticides or other contaminants.

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, I want to demonstrate that “natural” products are usually more complicated than anything…

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One thought on “Ingredients of an All-Natural Banana

  1. Oleic acid 7%, Oleic acid is used as a fluxing agent for soldering,cleans metals to be soldered together.I will try a banana next time I run out of Oleic acid.

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