What is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Is It Safe

Caprylic is a synthetic derivative of coconut oil. It was developed in the early 1990’s and it is used as a food additive. It is not derived from any animal fat or vegetable oil. Capsaicin, which gives chili peppers their heat, comes from capsicum (a type of pepper). When capsaicin binds with your body cells, it causes pain sensation. Capsaicin is present in hot chilies and other hot foods such as hot dogs and burgers. You may have heard about the capsaicin found in chocolate. Capsaicin is also present in red wine and many other alcoholic beverages. Capsaicin is found naturally in chili peppers, but it can also be manufactured synthetically. There are two types of capsaicin: pungent capsaicin and non-pungent capsaicin. Non-pungent capsaicin is what gives hot chilies their spicy taste. Pungent capsaicin is what makes hot chilies burn when bitten into. Capsaicin is a natural substance that occurs in all plants and animals. It is produced by bacteria in the mouth, nose, throat, eyes and digestive tract. Capsaicinoids are compounds made up of carbon atoms bonded together to form long chains called C–H bonds. They are very stable and do not react easily with other substances. It is this tendency to not react with other substances that gives them the ability to cause a burning sensation. The burning feeling that you get when you eat something hot is caused by the capsaicin attaching to the pain receptors in your mouth (the same type of receptors that cause you to feel pain when you touch something hot). This is why spicy foods can burn and sting the lips, tongue and mouth. The pain is caused by the heat of the food you are eating reacting with the receptors in your mouth. The chili pepper burn you feel is not actually caused by the chili causing a chemical burn, but instead it is a type of allergic reaction of your pain receptors. This is why spicy foods can cause an itchy throat and watery eyes. For some people the burning sensation caused by capsaicin is unbearable and for others it is just a mild irritation. The more you eat chili peppers and the hotter they are, the less sensitive your pain receptors become to capsaicin. This is why some people enjoy eating very spicy foods. They have built up a resistance to the burning sensation caused by the capsaicin and can tolerate very hot foods. Chili burn or not, capsaicin has many benefits and is used in many different ways. It can be used as a pain reliever, an antibiotic, and an insect repellent. In fact, the US Army has experimented with using a mixture of pepper spray and capsaicin to give soldiers an advantage in battle.

Annatto (Ehtanol Yellow)

What is Annato?

Annato is a natural dye that has been used for hundreds of years. It comes from the seeds of a tropical tree which grows in South and Central America. Annato trees grow to about 15 meters high and have large clusters of small yellow flowers. The tree is also known as the Achiote tree or the Rosewood tree. Annato is found in a variety of products including cheese, margarine and other food items. It is also used in cosmetics and textile printing. Annato gives food a deep yellow color and has no flavor or nutritional value. It is commonly used as a substitute for butter – especially in hot countries where butter may quickly become rotten. Annato has been detected in Egyptian mummies excavated from around 1500 BC. It is thought the Egyptians were using Annato for its color rather than for any flavor or nutritional value. What gives Annato its distinctive color is the chemical bixin. Bixin is a natural antioxidant. It helps stop fatty foods from becoming rancid. Annato is the only food proven to contain bixin.

How is it used?

Annato is used in many different types of food and cosmetics. Its distinctive yellow color makes it a popular ingredient in cheese, butter and margarine. Annato is also used in chicken soup, cereal, pastry, yogurt and other foods. Annato can be used as an alternative to saffron as a cheap coloring agent. In cosmetics it is used in skin creams. It is also used in lipstick and eye-shadow. Annato is occasionally used to treat some medical conditions. For example, it can be used to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. Annato also has a long history of use as an insecticide. In South America, crushed annato seeds were soaked in water and used to spray on plants to keep insects away. Annato is still sometimes used to produce natural insecticides. Annato-based products are allowed to be sold in the U.S but they are not permitted as an insect repellent by the EPA.

Who uses it?

Annato has been used for centuries by people all over the world. It has been used by the Mayan Indians in southern Mexico for centuries. Annato seeds have been found in the remains of Mayan ruins. Annato was extensively used by German pharmaceutical companies in the 1920’s. It is still used in some European countries today. In the U.S it is mainly used as a food coloring and in cosmetics. Is has only recently become available as an alternative to saffron for coloring food and cheaper cosmetics.

What are the risks?

Annato is usually safe if consumed as part of your diet. In terms of health risks, the primary concern is that it may act as a skin irritant. Some people are allergic to Annato, in which case consuming it may cause an allergic reaction. Annato contains traces of toxic compounds such as achratoxin A and cyclopiazonic acid. Prolonged exposure to these toxins can increase your risk of developing cancer. Annato should not be applied to the skin because it can cause dermatitis. Annato is not a suitable treatment for excessive bleeding after childbirth. There are safer drugs available for this purpose.

Other facts about Annato: Annato is the only food known to contain bixin.

Annato is the only edible plant that contains bixin.

Annato is the only food or drug that contains bixin.

Annato has been cultivated in the U.S since 1562.

Annato is not a native plant; it was brought to the U.S from Central America.

Annato is a close relative of the mango.

Annato is also known as : Beefsteak plant, roucou, roucou root, auratik, bixa orellana, herva roja, ahcolombia, pixbohne, annotta orellana, and acnite cornuta.Annato is classified as an exotic spice by the FDA.

Annato is usually used as a natural food coloring and has no taste.

Annato comes in three different forms: powder, whole dried seeds and oil.

Annato was used as a medieval additive to improve the texture and taste of cheap cuts of meat.

Annato is the only plant known to contain bixin.

Annato is mainly used for industrial purposes since it has no nutritional value.

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