In a world where processed foods almost dominate the market, Dwight Eschliman, a photographer, came up with an idea of capturing the most common ingredients in popular processed foods. He focused on food additives and how they look like before they are added to what you put in your mouth:
- Cornstarch and Other Corn Derivatives: In the gallery of food additives, a photo shows cornstarch, along with modified cornstarch, dextrose, maltodextrin, and corn syrup. They look almost the same in their powdery form.
- Azodicarbonamide: Quite unpopular in consumers, but still widely used by bakers, this additive can strengthen dough and lighten the finished product. It is used in yoga mats though.
- Monoglycerides and Diglycerides: These additives act like emulsifiers and are used in frostings, peanut butters, and sauces. These types of fat look like waxy beads and flakes.
- Monosodium Glutamate: The crystal figure of these tiny additives makes them look like glass shards. This additive is naturally found in some foods, but the processed MSG is produced through fermenting starch and sugar using certain bacteria.
Some additives make your food shiny, while others give what you eat their lush texture. No matter what it is, there will always be an additive you can find, especially in a world filled with processed food.