The All-Natural Foods You're Consuming Are Filled With Chemicals. And It's Gonna Be Okay!

February 20, 2015

What if natural products like bananas came with ingredient lists?

James Kennedy - a Chemistry teacher in Haileybury, Australia - wants 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 scientists can produce in a lab.

So he created ingredient posters for all-natural foods. These are not made up, they are all true.

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

ingredients in natural foods
James Kennedy

In review, James Kennedy says:

"The reality boils down to six points:

1. You can't lead a chemical-free life.

2. Natural isn't always good for you and man-made chemicals are not inherently dangerous.

3. Synthetic chemicals are not causing many cancers and other diseases.

4. 'Detox' is a marketing myth.

5. We need man-made chemicals.

6. We are not just subjects in an unregulated, uncontrolled environment, there are checks in place."

So the next time you're peeling a fresh, organic banana just remember: it's filled with tons of chemicals. But don't worry, so is everything else!

Credit: James Kennedy. Ingredient sources come from nutrition websites such as Nutritiondata.self.com. Colors and preservatives (mostly photosynthetic pigments and by-products of photosynthesis) are from old botany books on Google Books. And the flavors are from peer-reviewed journal articles on NCBI. These were all ingredients for organic, non-GMO foods.

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