Sunday, August 12, 2012

The What? Why? and Really?: What Happens in Your Body When You Eat Ramen and Gatorade

This has to be one of the MOST INTERESTING videos I have ever seen!  The idea behind it is so creative and the creator of the idea is a beast of a woman.  Her name is Stephanie Bardin and she is a TEDxManhattan Fellow.  She is working on this project in conjunction with a Harvard professor, Dr. Braden Kuo.  The project is built around the "first ever clinical trial to look at the impact of processed food versus whole food on the human body".  You would think I was getting ready to tell you about her research background and that she is currently a professor at Harvard University researching the blah, blah, blah of such and such.  Come to find out this woman is actually an artist.  On the TEDxManhattan website,  she is described as a "media maker exploring the intersection of art, technology, science, visual culture and community".  Her current work revolves around the role technology plays in our food system and is titled "The Pharmacology of Taste".  What a creative smarty.  I Love it!

Photo Credit: Stefani Bardin

She is using two capsules, M2A™: The Fantastic Voyage and SmartPill, which she calls "immersive" installations. They have the ability to capture video and record time, respectively. Read more about it here.  It is basically the real life version of this:

Seeeeeee, now I have to post this too:

Movies and music back in the day.  I Love it too!  Though she didn't use any shrunken people, it serves the same purpose: to allow us to see what is really happening inside out bodies.  

Wow!  Technology blows my mind.  The things you saw in movies as a kid are now everyday occurrences.  From holograms to this.  I'm curious to see what we do next.  

Went on a bit of a tangent there.  I get a little excited about this stuff. :)

It's pretty simple.  She compared two similar meals:  

Gatorade/Ramen/Gummi Bears 
Hibiscus Drink/Homeade Broth with Noodles/Gummi Bears Made of Juice.  

She also happens to mention, along with other questionable ingredients, that ramen contains tBHQ, the petroleum-based chemical additive in McNuggets that I talked about in the What? Why? and Really? post, McFrankenstein Chicken Nuggets.

Ok, so what happens in the video? 
Let's just say it's not looking good for the Processed Team.  After a good period of time had passed, the ramen was still quite similar to its original form with not very much deterioration happening and a tint of the gatorade color was still present.  The homemade meal was heavily digested.

I'll just let you see for yourself.

Thank you for reading!  My people, I appreciate you all so much.  Be healthy and happy.  Ciao!

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