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Aspartame and Energy Drinks: What You Need to Know

With consumer and government demand for less sugar in consumables growing over several decades, artificial low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame have long been a go-to choice for producers. Over 6,000 products rely on the ingredient1, with the primary US exposure in diet sodas such as Pepsi Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, and energy drinks2.   Over […]

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Organic Ingredients in the Fast Food Industry

Unhealthy, unsustainable, and synthetic – these words might come to mind when you think about fast food. However, the industry is changing. Like many other sectors, fast food has started moving towards more sustainable products that prioritize environmental and human health. Today, organic ingredients are finding their way into burger, pizza, and taco recipes nationwide. […]

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Natural Coloring for Cosmetics That Meet EU Standards

In ancient Egypt, people used copper, kohl, and crushed beetles to create pigments for their eyes, lips, and cheeks. Our love for colorful cosmetics lives on today but with much safer ingredients. Many manufacturers use dyes to give makeup, hair, and skin care products a specific tint.   While most of these colorings are synthetic, […]

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The Magic of Medicinal Vanilla

Vanilla is one of the world’s most well-known and popular flavors, the star in a diverse array of products. It is an FDA and FEMA (Flavor and Extract Manufacturer Association) approved aromatic compound used in domestic cooking, baking, and commercial food and beverages. It’s also prevalent in fragrances, aromatherapy, and other personal care essentials. Also, […]

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Coffee and Caffeine in Halal Diets

Islamic consumers live by “Eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good.” They are also advised, “That flesh will not enter Paradise which has grown from Haram, and all that flesh which has grown from Haram, the fire (of hell) is more worthy of it.”   But what are the […]

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Embracing Seaweed as a Super Food

Seaweed – we know these marine plants as salty, seemingly slimy, and offering ocean fish and other sea life a place to shelter and feed. Still, did you know that red, brown, green, and blue-green sea vegetables are also considered a superfood for humans? With over 145 varieties used worldwide, the plants and algae are […]

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Japanese Whisky

When you see whiskey, you probably think of the green hills of Ireland or Scotland, and even the Tennessee and Kentucky in the US, but did you know you can find the same enjoyment in Japanese whiskies? Discover Nikka, Hibiki, Suntory, and Yamazaki, fashioned after Scotch and spelled “whisky”?   The Japanese create their whisky […]

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The Importance of Urban Farming

What is urban farming? Producing food closer to home is increasingly essential with climate change and concerns around carbon footprint reduction. This localization of production includes cultivating our crops, animal products, and other food types in built-up areas, including vertical farming. The practice also isn’t new. The ancient Mesopotamians grew crops in cities in 3,500 […]

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How Aftertastes Affect Flavor Perception

Taste is a critical survival mechanism, guiding animals to safe sustenance and helping the body to identify and reject toxic or poisonous substances. In addition, taste is a quality-of-life enhancer, providing nutritional and non-essential sensory pleasure. At the same time, our sense and perception of taste is complex.   What Is Taste? Thanks to receptors […]