What am I eating? Capric acid, Decanoic acid, Coconut Oil and MCTs

When the first organic chemists discovered new compounds, they named them based on the source of the compound. For example, Capric acid, which has a heavy dairy fat aroma and is found in goat milk, was named after caper-; the Latin meaning goat. IUPAC Common names were given arbitrarily, not rationally or systematically. Therefore, a systematic way of naming organic chemicals was developed, IUPAC nomenclature. This naming system identifies how the carbon atoms of a given compound are bonded together and what functional groups present in the compound. For example, Capric acid is also called Decanoic acid because it is a 10 carbon chain fatty acid; deca meaning 10. Flavor Extract Manufacturing Association (FEMA) In the flavor … [Read more...]

Methyl salicylate, Artificial Wintergreen oil (FEMA 2745)

Aspirin conversion to Methyl salicylate A standard lab experiment in organic chemistry is to convert aspirin(acetylsalicylic acid) to Methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate(FEMA 2745) is an ester which smells sweet, is strong, is approved for use in food and is the characterizing flavor of wintergreen. Wintergreen flavor is very popular in the United States. Countries like Japan and Italy think it's most suitable for cleaning bathrooms, but not for eating.   My Impression Personally, Wintergreen is one of my favorite flavors. It not only adds cool minty flavor, it adds sweetness. You can taste wintergreen in toothpastes, candies, gums, rootbeer, and bubble gum. Yes, that's right, root beer. Try a swig of rootbeer;  doesn't it taste … [Read more...]