All-Natural Bananas Are Filled With Chemicals
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<p class="has-media media-640"> <img alt="All-Natural Bananas Are Filled With Chemicals" "="" data-asset-url="/photo/29075785.cms" data-chomp-id="19d21f4tf3parjpg" height="356" src="/photo/29075785.cms" width="640" /></p> <p class="first-text"> The next time you're peeling a fresh, organic, "all-natural" banana just remember: it's filled with tons of chemicals! But don't worry, so is everything else.</p> <p> James Kennedy, a chemistry teacher living in Australia, has created some <a href="http://jameskennedymonash.wordpress.com/category/infographics/ingredients-infographics/" target="_blank">fun images</a> that show just what chemicals are lurking inside your favorite foods - even the "organic," unprocessed ones.</p> <p> As Kennedy explains, there's a lot of panic right now about the chemicals we're consuming. And the hype around words like "natural" - a word whose definition isn't regulated by the FDA - is mostly just marketing.</p> <blockquote> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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 we can create in the lab. For brevity's sake, I omitted the thousands of minority ingredients found in a banana, including DNA.</p> </blockquote> <p> So here's a fun game: choose maybe half a dozen words from Kennedy's banana list and read them to a friend. "Would you eat a food with ethyl butanoate, phenylalanine, and aspartic acid...."</p> <p class="has-media media-640"> <img alt="All-Natural Bananas Are Filled With Chemicals" class="transform-}" data-asset-url="/photo/29075786.cms" data-chomp-id="19d228idxcma4jpg" height="356" src="/photo/29075786.cms" width="640" /></p> <p> [<a href="http://jameskennedymonash.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/ingredients-of-an-all-natural-passionfruit/" target="_blank">James Kennedy</a>]</p>