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What is Natural Flavor?

Have you ever seen the food ingredient label Natural Flavors, Raspberry Flavor, Vanilla Flavor… you get the idea? I interpreted this as flavors that had natural ingredients such as raspberry juice or cinnamon dash. I also thought the ingredient label was a way for food manufacturers to keep their secret recipes proprietary.  The ingredient list above is from Country Peach Passion Herba…

Addictive Junk Food

I had a number of people forward me the New York Times article titled “The extraordinary science of junk food”. To keep the topic alive,  I decided to write about it.  The article is a fascinating look at the science behind the companies making food addictive so that we become loyal customers. The article mentions the companies referring to their mission as wanting to gain more of the “stomac…

Free versus bound glutamates

Glutamic acid or glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid found in all proteins. So what’s the problem?
The health issue surrounds the free glutamate that is being added to the food or that is generated as a result of harsh manufacturing processes to proteins. The sodium salt of glutamic acid is more commonly known as monosodium glutamate or MSG and is the most abundant form of fr…

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