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All Hail The Queen: Mangosteen Found To Be Rich Source of Cancer-fighting Xanthones

The mangosteen, a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asian countries is commonly referred to as the Queen of Fruits. This is because it’s often served as a companion piece to the King of Fruits, the durian. Local belief says that both fruits go hand-in-hand because the cooling properties of the mangosteen counters the heaty after …

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From Jelly to Vegan Superfood: Uncovering Gracilaria changgi Red Algae’s Nutritional Potential

Hidden in the mangroves of tropical Malaysia is a plant that contains the nutritional value of broccoli, soybeans and eggs combined. The red algae or Gracilaria changgi has traditionally been used as agar for gelatinous desserts in South East Asia. But a study on the aquatic vegetable has uncovered a wealth of nutritional content and …

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The Science Behind Seaweed’s Addictive Umami Flavor

Seaweeds are highly priced not only for its nutritional benefit but also its taste.  Whether eaten raw or cooked, it adds a distinct umami flavor to our food. The chemical makeup of seaweeds which bring out the umami flavor is called volatile compounds, and consists of alcohols, hydrocarbons, aldehydes, halogenated compounds, esters and other chemical …

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Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method help scientists better detect pollutants in edible seaweeds

Seaweeds are considered a staple diet in many Asian cultures. It is a good source of fibre, protein, vitamins (A, E,C, and K), essential unsaturated fatty acids, and minerals. Its low-calorie and antioxidant properties in particular are of interest to the health food industry, resulting in the uptake of seaweed-based productions. However like most marine …

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Gaining A Better Understanding Of Seaweed Composition Through Proper Preparation And Extraction Process

The study of seaweed biology is of particular interest in the scientific community after the plant was discovered to have various healing components, some of which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, antitumor, prebiotic, and antimicrobial. Seaweeds have unique functional compounds compared to land-based plants. They have a wide range of polysaccharides and hydrocolloids which can open …

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Call To Further Explore Potential of Super Seaweed Condrus Crispus Stackhouse

The red alga Chondrus crispus Stackhouse, more commonly known as Irish moss can be found along the coasts of the north Atlantic Ocean. A versatile organism, it can be used for a variety of purposes including the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry.  But despite being a vital source of food ingredients for thousands of years, very …

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A Deep Dive Into The Complexities And Usages Of Irish Moss Extract

Irish Moss extract or carrageen is a jelly-like substance obtained from the red alga Chondrus crispus. The water-soluble extract is a mixed salt sulfate ester of the polysaccharide complex, composed principally of D-galactopyranose and some L-galactose units, 2-ketoglu-conic acid units, and nonreducing sugar units. It is commonly used as a thickening agent in many household …

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Hemp Flavoured Alcoholic Beverages Bloom From Harvest Of Cannabis Sativa L. Flowers

Although the Cannabis sativa L. plant is considered a multi-purpose crop, current production only focuses on fibre and seed yields. As a result, most of the non-stem aerial parts are neglected and considered waste products. However, a new study on C. sativa flowers may give rise to a new market in hemp flavoured alcoholic beverages. By harvesting …

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This Is Why We Need Standardized Methods To Test Cannabinoids in Food

Cannabis sativa L. or popularly known as hemp is a versatile plant that can be used for paper, cloth or biofuel production. As a consumable it is believed to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties and thus becoming more popular as medicinal plant treatment. Other hemp byproducts such as oil, protein and flour are also …

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