Carrageenan and the Glutamate Connection

What is carrageenan?
Carrageenan is a polysaccharide (complex sugar) extracted from seaweed. It is added to food as a gelling agent and stabilizer.
Where does carrageenan come from?
Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed.
What is carrageenan used for?
Carrageenan is used to maintain a homogenous appearance in many foods, especially foods that contain fats. A food’s appearance is a…

The 100% Rule

There are not so apparent rounding rules applied to food labeling.  Many rushed consumers may think they are buying 100% juice for their kids. Why wouldn’t they?  The front of this label states 100% juice in bigger font than the ingredient labels that are not juice. Here are the ingredients for this juice box that targets children: Ingredients: 100% Fruit Juice (Filtered Water Sufficient…

Reading Labels: “No MSG Added”

The label “No MSG Added” has become meaningless to the consumer.  Such a label does not mean MSG or free glutamate is not in the final product. Even products that are labeled “100% Organic” or “All Natural” tell us nothing about the free glutamate content in food.
Let’s take for example, commercial chicken broth. I have not found a single commercial chicken broth on the market…

My New Lab Bench Is My Kitchen

As my scientific career advanced over the years, I found myself getting further from the lab bench where I practiced the art of science in experimentation.  My exposure to science evolved to more of the mentor and a designer of scientific experiments.  Instead of learning how to use the newest state-of-the-art equipment, I participated in scientific discussions, managed employees to produc…

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Are we really human?

We are only 10% human. When put like that, I get a new perspective on the meaning of life.  The genetic material defining who we are is made up from microbial and human genes.  Our bodies are made up of 150 fold greater number of genes from microbial DNA than human DNA.  Microbial cells outnumber human cells ten to one. Microbial includes bacteria, fungi, archae, and viruses.  This microb…

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