Acetaldehyde and Flavor

My Fear Acetaldehyde FEMA 2003 is an aroma chemical that I am scared of. Why? Because I did not follow standard lab safety protocol. I sniffed a bottle of acetaldehyde 100% (neat) directly. (Never, never smell a bottle directly in a laboratory!!! Use the "wafting technique". ) What happened? I nearly passed out and I fell into a chair. I felt sick, had trouble standing up and lost my sense of smell for awhile. This is my only encounter with neat acetaldehyde (20 plus years ago). Now, I avoid it like a child avoids a burner after touching a hot stove. I am afraid of it. Confronting my Fears Occasionally, I decide I have to use acetaldehyde because it is important in good flavors. Many flavors benefit from acetaldehyde: whiskey flavor, … [Read more...]

Cran-Raspberry La Croix

Flavors and Pesticides Does anyone else think it's fascinating that essential oils can be flavors as well as pesticides? Some people find it alarming. This week, a law firm in Cook County, Illinois alleged that LaCroix was adding pesticide chemicals such as linalool to their products. They also allege that the "all natural" label on La Croix is fraudulent. This made for an eye-catching news headline in USA Today: "LaCroix faces lawsuit for allegedly including cockroach insecticide in its sparkling water"   I looked into the status of linalool with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA is the federal agency that regulates pesticides and administers the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The status of … [Read more...]

True Lemon® un-sweetend, lemonade and raspberry lemonade, flavor review

Finally! Summer is here in the Northwest. While most of the country had sweltering heat; the Northwest had cool, rainy weather. This weekend it warmed up so we got the barbeques out, enjoyed being outdoors and enjoyed refreshing beverages like lemonade. Perfect timing for the True Lemon beverage recommended by my Facebook fan and friend Mike: True Lemon® original lemonade, unsweetened lemon and raspberry lemonade. True lemon® unsweetened is refreshingly fresh and pulpy lemon like.  It is crisp, like water with lemon rings floating in it. This is not a sweet beverage, it's merely a splash of fresh tasting lemon for your water. The ingredients listed on the label are citric acid, lemon oil, lemon juice, organic evaporated cane juice, … [Read more...]

One a Day VitaCraves Gummies, review

Gummy Vitamins I wonder how many parents are guilty of eating their children's gummy bear vitamins? I know I am. At this time, besides the occasional children's gummy vitamin, I take Vitamin D. Doctors in the Northwest recommend extra Vitamin D. In the past, I've taken multivitamins, but they taste bad, are difficult to swallow and sometimes cause me to vomit. While reviewing the nutritional content of my multivitamin(which I almost never take), I realize the VitaCrave gummies from One a Day® are lacking in nutritional content. There is no Iron, Calcium and Magnesium. I find this to be true of all the gummy multivitamins(children's as well). Gummy vitamins add sugar and calories to your diet, but if you can't get the regular … [Read more...]