Food-waste valorization: opportunities and cautions

The food waste problem Globally, up to 40% of food gets lost along the entire food supply chain. This shocking huge number results from the production to consumption of food that is discarded, lost, degraded, or consumed by pests. Especially in the food industry, a large and worrying load of waste is generated every dayContinue reading “Food-waste valorization: opportunities and cautions”

Why Wagyu Beef Is So Special (And Expensive)

Wagyu beef from Japan is so expensive, yet one of the most sought after in the world. Its high-marbling (intramuscular fat) is highly prized and is one key factor that defines its quality. Originally, Wagyu (means Japanese cow) refers to the 4 breeds of Japanese cattle: the Black, Brown, Short Horn, and Polled. Among these four,Continue reading “Why Wagyu Beef Is So Special (And Expensive)”

The Phases Of Growth Of Bacteria (Bacterial Growth Curve)

In microbiology, the bacterial growth curve describes the size or population of live cells or bacteria in a culture over time, which can be best described by the 4 phases: the lag phase, the log phase, the stationary phase, and the death phase. Once the microorganisms have settled on the host or new environment, their population initially grows slowly.Continue reading “The Phases Of Growth Of Bacteria (Bacterial Growth Curve)”

Microwaves: An underrated kitchen appliance

Microwave ovens – or for short they are called microwaves – are one of my favorite kitchen appliances to use. When you need to heat up last night’s leftovers or that cup of coffee you didn’t drink quick enough a microwave is there to conveniently heat up your food as quick as possible without havingContinue reading “Microwaves: An underrated kitchen appliance”

All about Lactose Intolerance

Do you think you are intolerant to lactose? If you do, you are not alone. In fact, there are more people who experience this digestive disorder than those who do not. It is said that around 70% of the world’s population are experiencing intolerance to lactose. That is around 5 billion people! Anyway, what exactly isContinue reading “All about Lactose Intolerance”

What’s The Difference Between Prebiotics And Probiotics?

Gut microbes help us metabolize food, protect against pathogens, and bolster our immune system. Although the science linking gut microbes to health and disease still has a way to go, researchers are learning that beneficial gut bacteria have nutritional preferences of their own. Appealing to our gut microbes by including foods they prefer in ourContinue reading “What’s The Difference Between Prebiotics And Probiotics?”

COL101: How to Measure the Color of Food

“We all use color to make judgment calls on whether food products are of good quality. But we use color in so many more instances. Farmers use color to help decide whether his or her crop is ready to harvest. And you can use it to determine how your cooking or production process is progressing,Continue reading “COL101: How to Measure the Color of Food”

Is a brown egg healthier than a white one?

“It is a well-known food myth that brown eggs are healthier than white eggs. Poultry expert Ingrid de Jong of Wageningen University & Research gets the question regularly, and most often around Easter. De Jong is a senior researcher at Wageningen Livestock Research and knows a lot about chickens and their eggs. She immediately setsContinue reading “Is a brown egg healthier than a white one?”