Does Your Yogurt Contain Dead Bugs?

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This new book explores 100 food ingredients you may not know are in your food. Learn the fascinating and disturbing facts about these ingredients, where they come from, and what they might mean for your health.

Did you know that the ingredient, carmine, is a natural colorant derived from the bodies and eggs of the female cochineal insect? Carmine is used to give a red color to hundreds of different foods and food ingredients, from boysenberry yogurt, to Campari liqueur.

From 75 different common food ingredients, to 25 popular processed foods, the brand new book, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products, by Dwight Eschliman & Steve Ettlinger, provides interesting visual detail and information on what is in your food.

For example:

Shellac (also bug-related; it’s made from insect larvae excretions), isn’t just the stuff you slathered on your woodworking project in grade school. It’s also a common food additive used on everything from vegetables to chocolate to coffee beans to chewing gum and often goes by the unassuming name “food glaze” in ingredients lists.

These are just a few of the fascinating—and sometimes disturbing facts—that accompany the stunning photos in Ingredients, a new book released yesterday by Regan Arts, which examines 75 additives (some natural, some not) that are in many of the foods you find on supermarket shelves. The book, by photographer Dwight Eschliman with text by author Steve Ettlinger, also visually dissects 25 well-known processed foods, including Ocean Spray fruit juice (12 ingredients), Red Bull (17 ingredients), and Morningstar Farms soy sausage (42 ingredients).

Check out the full review on ModernFarmer.com, or pick up a copy of the book at Amazon.com.

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