Ever take a look at the ingredient list on today’s food. Most of the stuff on those lists have 50 dollar names that tell you absolutely nothing about what they are for, much less what they are doing to the insides of your body.
More popularly know as Madison Square Garden, er, that is, MSG. MSG is what is known as a flavor enhancer and it is not just found in that delicious boxed food you take home from the Chinese restaurant. You might be surprised to find out that MSG can be found in candies, pickles and an assortment of delectable baked goods. It has been known to trigger migraines in some people.
Yeah, you’ve seen old Polysorbate 80 before, haven’t you? Can’t remember where? Try whipped cream and nondairy coffee cream-flavored products. If you eat bakery goods, then you’re also getting Polysorbate 80. This additive serves several purposes. It is an emulsifier, stabilizer and hemectant all rolled up in one. The good news about polysorbate 80 is that there are no know hazards to consumption.
Albert Brooks makes a fantastically funny guest appearance as a supervillain on an episode of The Simpsons in which he shows how much fun it is to pronounce Papain because it kind of sounds Popeye. Papain may also go by the names benase and tomasin. It’s essentially just a very good meat tenderize, but it can also be used as a clarifying agent in stuff you drink. A food that very few people probably eat anymore, farina, was packed full of papain. Some people have an allergy to papain that results in the hives.
Found in goodies from chocolate cake to bacon, sorbic acid is used as sweetener because it reduces the ability of sugar to form into crystals. You can also find sorbic acid used to dilute the effects of food coloring. It even helps keep chewy candy chewy. Large amounts of sorbic acid may produce another kind of chocolatey sensation as it tends to have a laxative effect. Those who already suffer from flatulence need to put food with high levels of sorbic acid right on their list of no-no’s next to beans and broccoli.
Abusers of Adderall can tell you that citric acid has the effect of diminishing returns on amphetamines. That is really the only negative aspect associated with citric acid which is a sequestrant (look it up) in wine. One thing you may not know is that citric acid is an ingredient in most foil so even eating a Chocolate Pop Tart can put the hiatus on your Adderall buzz.
Admit it: you’ve wondered your whole life what guar gum is and never took the time to look it up. (Just like you didn’t look up sequesteran and I’ll danged if I’m going to tell you the definition.) Guar gum is omnipresent in our lives from when we’re kids eating candy and ice cream to when we’re adults eating salad dressing and cream cheese. Guar gum is also found in sauces, fruit drinks and frozen fruit. The reason for the ominipresnce of guar gum in our lives is because it is the utility infielder of additions. Guar gum can be used as a stabilizer, suspending agent, thicker, bulkinger, firming agent and bonding agent. You may already have guessed that guar gum is also a leading cause of gaseous eruptions.