How many ingredients do you think are in your favourite packet of dorito chips? 4? 5? Try 34. 

From flavourings to colouring, sweeteners and preservatives, the amount of additives in this snack food favourite is shocking. 

Concerned with the lack of knowledge by consumers, photographers Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger created a visual exploration in a new book called Ingredients

In doing so, the pair exposed 75 common food additives and provided an easy-to-read encyclopaedia of their uses and history. 

The below image highlights the ingredients, flavourings, colourings and preservatives that go into Doritos Cool Ranch flavoured corn chips. 

ROW 1: Corn, corn oil, canola oil and/or sunflower oil, maltodextrin, salt 


ROW 2: Tomato powder, cornstarch, lactose, whey, skim milk, corn syrup solids 

ROW 3: Onion powder, sugar, garlic powder, monosodium glutamate, milk, cheese cultures 

ROW 4: Salt, enzymes, dextrose, malic acid, buttermilk, natural flavour 

ROW 5: Artificial flavour, sodium acetate, Red No. 40, Blue No. 1, Yellow No. 5, Sodium caseinate 

ROW 6: Spices, citric acid, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate

The book intends to help conscious consumers understand what role various chemicals and additives play in food. 



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