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Space Whisky & “Natural Foods”

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A vial of unmatured malt whisky was sent into space three years ago, and has recently returned to Earth for a taste test. This space whisky was compared to the same whisky that was matured (on Earth) in charred oak barrels. Guess which whisky contains aromas of antiseptic smoke and rubber. While we’re comparing two things, AsapSCIENCE discusses the chemicals and ingredients in processed foods versus natural foods to explain why “chemical-free” is not a realistic food label.
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Chemical Literacy & Hot Cocoa

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In an age where our food supply system grows increasingly complex, chemical literacy is the key to knowing the difference between foods that contain riboflavin versus vitamin B2. With that in mind, let’s take a look at cocoa powder, which is bitter-tasting and impossible to dissolve. To create a sweet, frothy hot cocoa mix from cocoa powder requires some sweeteners, emulsifiers, and…sodium alluminosilicate?
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Tri-Color Potato Salad

“There’s so much great food yet to discover that we can grow, so I just love discovering new varieties, crops, things that our customers and myself have never tried before.”
                                                                          – Alex Weiser, 2013 Science & Food course Read more

Chemophobia & The Myth of MSG

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Chemistry professor Michelle Francl challenges our culture of chemophobia, while Harold McGee addresses some common misconceptions about “Chinese restaurant syndrome” and MSG. Read more