If you’ve ever dared look at the back of a Twinkie package, you know that along with a nutritional label that warns you about the saturated fats and empty sugar calories you’re about to consume is a list of puzzling ingredients — a list that sounds so un-food-like it has even inspired a book, "Twinkie, Deconstructed".

Of course, while Twinkies have become a symbol of our overprocessed world, these strange ingredients aren’t unique to these Hostess snacks. Turn over just a few processed food products in your supermarket, and your eyes will glaze over items like monocalcium phosphate and socium stearoyl lactylate much more often than you’d like.

But do you know what those ingredients — or even more common ingredients like cellulose gum and soy lecithin — even look like? Now you can get an up-close and personal look at everything from Corn Dextrin to Red 40 (above), thanks to a photographer called Dwight Eschliman.

His project "37 or So Ingredients" is a series of photographs of each Twinkie ingredient, placed on a simple glass dish. (via UTNE Arts) Once you’ve gotten a good look at what you’ve been eating, you may swear off Twinkies forever — or at least start baking your own.

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