Chemistry is everywhere – even in those natural products


Here’s a thought – what of natural products came with a list of ingredients in the same way processed food does?

James Kennedy, an Australian chemistry teacher, has put together some images to illustrate what this would be like. And the article What if natural products came with a list of ingredients? reproduces the detailed infographics which show even the simplest of foods are anything but.

Kennedy said:

“I want 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 we can produce in the lab.”


He added:

“With these graphics, I wanted to show that Chemistry is everywhere.”



Mind you – this won’t stop me reading the lists on packets of manufactured food. But it does show that one should not be automatically frightened by such lists. It is important to understand each component. A chemical is not dangerous, or unnatural, just because it is a chemical.

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