All food chemistry articles

  • A cross-channel swimmer
    Podcast

    Maltodextrin

    2020-11-26T13:31:00Z

     A sweet compound that provides ample energy for extreme endurance events

  • Black and red processed liquorice
    Podcast

    Glycyrrhizic acid

    2020-10-30T15:59:00Z

    A sweet treat with a deadly trick for Halloween – glycyrrhizic acid is found in black liquorice and sweeter than sucrose, but can cause heart problems and even prove fatal if consumed in excess

  • A piglet beside a feeding trough
    Podcast

    Ractopamine

    2020-07-17T19:26:00Z

    Common in the US but banned in the EU, this animal feed additive makes for muscular pigs and beefy international trade disputes.  

  • Olives and olive oil
    Podcast

    Oleic acid

    2020-05-08T08:35:00Z

    Brian Clegg discovers the link between olive oil, dandruff and stained glass windows.

  • An image showing the book cover of Cook taste learn
    Review

    Cook, Taste, Learn: How the Evolution of Science Transformed the Art of Cooking

    2019-12-16T14:29:00Z

     A tour of the history and science behind the art of cooking, and treasure trove of of interesting facts for chefs and chemists alike

  • Thanksgiving dinner spread with a roast turkey
    Podcast

    Tryptophan

    2019-11-29T09:13:00Z

    Ben Valsler tackles ‘zombie facts’ and the tenuous connection between tryptophan in turkey and your post-Thanksgiving dinner doze

  • Daniel Nicolau social
    Sponsored

    RSSL experts on the science behind food and pharma

    2019-09-02T09:20:00Z Sponsored by

    Three scientists, whose contributions help world-leading brands and SMEs develop and supply innovative, safe products, share their experiences working in the labs of contract research company Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL)

  • Arrowroot crop in Bermuda
    Podcast

    Starch

    2019-04-19T09:31:00Z

    Inspired by a mention of arrowroot in Jane Austen's Emma, Mike Freemantle investigates how subtle differences in composition mean starch can be resistant dietary fibre or easily-digested nourishment.

  • Olive oil
    Podcast

    Aniline

    2019-04-12T09:30:00Z

    How an early synthetic dye chemical came to play a role in a mysterious disease outbreak in 1980s Spain

  • Sea buckthorn berries and oil
    Podcast

    Tocopherols

    2019-03-29T15:08:00Z

    Mike Freemantle discovers sea buckthorn fruits also called 'beauty berries' because of their high concentration of tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as vitamin E

  • Sommelier smelling wine and taking notes
    Podcast

    Trichloroanisole: Cork taint

    2019-03-22T14:00:00Z

    If you've ever been unlucky enough to experience 'corked' wine, then 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or TCA was likely the chemical culprit

  • A bowl of almonds
    Podcast

    Benzaldehyde

    2018-08-23T16:59:00Z

    Brian Clegg on the almond flavour compound that gives your taste buds a treat and may help rescue survivors from a disaster

  • A Christmas tree structure made from a pile of books
    Review

    Christmas gift guide

    2017-12-08T15:21:00Z

    Our top picks from this year’s popular science books

  • Four ice cream cones
    News

    What's going on in your ice cream

    2017-08-06T09:07:00Z

    All right, stop, collaborate and listen: ice cream’s back with a new explanation

  • Ole Mouritsen and Klavs Styrbæk – Mouthfeel: how texture makes taste front cover
    Review

    Mouthfeel: how texture makes taste

    2017-07-21T11:00:00Z

    A tastebud-tingling guide for food lovers and food science scholars

  • Smoldering charcoal
    News

    How to win a barbecue cook-off

    2017-07-15T09:00:00Z

    The science behind the taste of summer

  • A bucket collecting maple syrup tapped from the tree
    Research

    Maple syrup enhances antibiotics

    2017-04-06T02:40:00Z

    A phenol-rich mixture extracted from maple syrup allows much smaller doses of antibacterial drugs to achieve the same results

  • Assorted cheese board
    Research

    Salivary salt modifies cheese’s tang

    2017-02-15T10:10:00Z

    Researchers chew over link between physiology and flavour

  • Chicken laying eggs in coop
    Research

    Spectroscopy allows in-egg chicken sexing

    2017-01-18T13:17:00Z

    Identifying male chicks before they hatch could end the practice of culling cockerels in their millions

  • Tea - CW1216 - i stock 184948797
    Feature

    The chemistry in your cuppa

    2016-12-05T15:48:00Z

    Katrina Megget finds there’s more to tea than just a great brew – it’s also chemically complex