Science and Seaweed—Learn the Facts

While it might not seem appetizing at first glance, seaweed and seaweed derivatives are an essential aspect of the modern diet. For good reason, too. As demand for variety and improved nutrition profiles in processed foods is met with increasingly globalized needs for long-lasting, shelf-stable foods, scientists now more than ever are relying on new…

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How Accurate Is Your Study?

As the adage goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease—or in the case of food science, the ban. Today, the institutions tasked with informing the public about the factual makeup of regulated foods are finding many audiences irrationally skeptical of legitimate studies or easily buying into suspect studies when it comes to new or developing…

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High Standards for Baby Products Is Good News for All

Just as every new mother has been told by every medical professional (or stranger in the street): It is still generally agreed upon that during the first 4 to 6 months of life, breast milk is best for growing babies. But as those mothers also know all too well, sometimes breastfeeding is not an option.…

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New Uses for a Tried-and-True Food Stabilizer

Today’s ubiquitous use of the compound that forms carrageenan comes from humble beginnings, dating back centuries ago to the coasts of Ireland and Brittany. The people in these regions, known for their resourcefulness, found a use in their diet for a foraged seaweed called Irish moss by boiling it in milk. Home chefs would then…

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Making Dairy Foods Delicious

If you take a look at your favorite dairy treats, you will probably find that just about all major food brands use carrageenan to help milk and milk products remain fresher longer. Ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, even frozen pizza—you name it—and the signature creamy texture that you might take for granted is probably brought…

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Confirmed: Carrageenan is a Natural Go-To Ingredient

When it comes to organic food, some additives are unavoidable. For most savvy consumers, reading the label is a necessary step in deciding which of the seemingly wholesome products on the shelves truly earn their spot at the family table. In a sea of unfamiliar nomenclature and popular science, how is the average shopper to…

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Why Fact-Checking ‘Claims’ Is Important

In the organic food industry, a recent shift driven by pressure from well-meaning activist groups has influenced regulators to take a closer look at some of the additives in currently allowed on shelves. While savvy purchasers have historically used their buying power to lobby for changes from above when it comes to what is and…

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Why Choose Natural Over Man-Made Ingredients

Food additives come in two breeds: natural and synthetic. When these additives are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, this means that the agency is satisfied that the additive is generally safe and effective in limited amounts, and that its use is only warranted to serve a specific purpose (like preventing mold or separation).…

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