Oil and Water; Math and Science

Essential Oil The orange peel contains the fragrance of the fruit, the "essential oil". An essential oil is different that a "fixed oil" (nut or vegetable oil) which is not fragrant. Flavor scientists value essential oils and they extract them so they can use them in flavors. These oils are excellent starting materials  for flavoring beverages, but they need to be modified to be useful. They do not "go into" a beverage. We modify the oils to make them "go in" or  make them "miscible". Chemists use miscible to explain the phenomenon of  two liquids with similar polarities (intermolecular interactions) being combined uniformly. In contract, chemists use soluble to explain the phenomenon of a solid (solute) dissolving in a liquid … [Read more...]

Neuro®Sun Non Carbonated Nutritional Supplement

What's your first thought when you see the Neuro bottle? Mine is shampoo. The price is similar to shampoo as well: $2.39/bottle. For the price tag, you'll get a pinacolada flavored beverage, a fun bottle with a "shot glass" topper and 1000IU of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because it is produced by the body in response to sunlight. Lack of Vitamin D causes rickets (results in skeletal deformities) and has been implemented in multiple sclerosis, hypertension, depression, and diabetes. Legally,a food or  beverage item sold in the United States needs FDA approval for generalized health claims. The FDA, however, allows nutritional supplements to have generalized health benefit claims. … [Read more...]