The TED Conference is always interesting, but this presentation will blow you away. Who knew that there was petroleum in Gatorade and Ramen?

Thanks to Stefani Bardin, we know it and we can see what happens to it on the trip from your mouth to the toilet. Sher recently did a study that followed whole foods and processed foods down through the digestive tract of humans with a camera. It isn’t really surprising that Ramen can’t be defeated by your gut… but it is pretty nasty.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go eat an apple.

Here’s the official description:

TEDxManhattan 2011 Fellow Stefani Bardin created a video that was shown at TEDxManhattan about her latest “smartpill” project on processed and unprocessed food.

Stefani is producing a body of work that explores the influence of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system. These investigations take the form of single and multi-channel videos and
immersive and interactive installations. Her current project is working with gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo at Harvard University where they just completed the first ever clinical study to use the M2A™ and SmartPill devices to look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods. She is an Honorary Resident at Eyebeam Art +Technology Center in New York and teaches in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.