Everyday Items Under the Microscope: Close Up Cuisine

author Written by  Fintan Costello  on October 07, 2020

As you may have seen, the team here at BonusFinder have recently been offering roles to highly talented individuals to become our professional food testers, all in the name of finding the best tasting meals across the US and beyond.

Whilst we've uncovered some great insights, we've decided to properly step into the food analysis niche and so we've partnered up with food scientists in the UK to reveal what the food on your plate looks like up close. Really close.

The images you see below have been taken with an electron microscope with magnification as much as 250x what the human eye can see. And we're going to warn you, you'll probably never look at your food again in the same way after this.

Prepare yourself…

What's in between the buns?

Beef Burger:

Starting off with one of the world's most popular fast food items, under the microscope the humble beef burger looks more like something from Stranger Things than McDonalds…

hamburger under microscope

Beef Steak:

It's often asked why one would choose to eat burgers away when they have steak at home, and well, based on the pictures of them both, maybe some prefer their meat structures firmer than others?

steak under microscope

Chicken Fillet Burger:

Despite Chickens having two legs and Cows having four, it's amazing to see how similar the structure of chicken fillet meat is to that of beef steak under the microscope. We'll think about that next time we order a chicken fried steak.

chicken under microscope

Plant based Burger:

As a meat alternative and not sourced from animals, Quorn 'meat' is quite clearly the odd one out here. veggies will be pleased to see it looks nothing like its animal-based equivalents under the microscope.

quorn under microscope

Fruit and Vegetables

Apple:

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it's fascinating to look at this this nutritious fruit at 250x magnification.

apple under microscope

Pineapple:

Despite bearing no relation the Apple (the word apple comes from Old English, 'æppel' - a generic word denoting any kind of fruit, with pine put before it as it looks like, well, a pine cone), it's amazing to see how similar the structures of these fruit are when both magnified at 250x.

pineapple under microscope

Coconut:

While the above fruits share a similar structure under the microscope, coconuts bear a closer resemblance to animal-based meat products than any other fruit or veg. This would explain why the flesh of coconuts is called 'Coconut meat'.

coconut under microscope

Carrot:

The solid structure of carrots show why they are so hard to chew when raw and why they require so much heat to soften them up for stews and side dishes.

carrot under microscope

Swede:

A winter root vegetable favourite, magnified swede is particularly photogenic under the microscope, just like the people who live there.

swede under microscope

Turnip:

Often mistaken for Swedes (the vegetable), Turnips have a similar structure to their root vegetable counterparts.

turnip under microscope

Celery:

Celery is one of the most alien like foods you can buy in the grocery store and under the microscope it's no different. The vibrant green and coiled structures are fascinating to look at.

leek under microscope

Sanitation:

And finally, with so much talk of hand washing and personal hygiene given what's going on in the world at the minute, we've put various hand sanitizers under the microscope to see what they look like when magnified 100x what the human eye can see.

Think of that next time you're wiping your hands clean.

hand sanitiser under microscope

hand sanitiser under microscope

hand sanitiser under microscope

More to Come

Stay tuned for more microscopic images coming to blog soon, where we uncover everyday household items at 100x, 250x and 500x magnification.

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