Here’s a Visual Guide to the 34 Ingredients in Cool Ranch Doritos

published Sep 22, 2015
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New book Ingredients takes popular processed foods and photographs their individual chemical components.

So what does it take to make Cool Ranch Doritos? The 34 ingredients you see pictured.

Turns out even the cheese in Cool Ranch Doritos is composed of 10 flavors and chemicals. This book delves into other popular foods, like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and Quaker Instant Oatmeal, and visually explores just how processed modern food production has become. I was shocked to find out just how many food additives come from corn, and unfortunately not the sweet corn we all love to eat in the summer.

The pictures are stark and nothing like the vivid, hunger-inducing images we see from farmers markets and restaurants, but maybe we all need to see a different perspective of where some of our food comes from instead!