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All about Vitamin-C !


Ascorbic acid is a white or light yellow solid found in fruits and vegetables. It is an excellent antioxidant, that is, it inhibits oxidation in our body thereby preventing damage of our cells. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin-C, which is an essential to our body. Ascorbic acid can be found in citrus fruits, spinach, green

Impact of acids and bases in daily life

Impact of acids and bases in daily life


Acids and bases are very essential to human body. Acids affects daily life because it plays a role in many reactions, from digesting food to cleaning soap scum off a shower wall.Acids and bases function to balance pH levels in the body. Acids have a pH less than 7.0 and bases have a pH greater

Health Benefits of Pine Essential Oil


Pine essential oil is obtained by the steam-distillation of pine needles, twigs and cones from the common pine species Pinus sylvestris. Chemically, pine oil comprises mainly of alpha-terpineol and other cyclic terpene alcohols. It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers and esters. The exact composition of pine oil is dependent on various factors such as the variety of

Practical Use of Oxalic Acid

Practical Use of Oxalic Acid


OXALIC ACID  is found in cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, sorrel, parsley, and in the Virginia creeper. But in the highest concentrations (still only half a percent, but enough to make the leaves poisonous), it is found in rhubarb plants. It is 100% natural product that, however, is also often produced artificially in a laboratory. In

Uses of Crude Palm Kernel Oil


Crude palm kernel oil is derived from the palm kernel, which is the edible seed of the oil palm fruit. It is different from palm oil, which is derived from the outer parts and pulp of the oil palm fruit. Palm kernel oil mainly contains lauric acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid and is physically

What are the advantages of Ethanol blending in fuels ?

What are the advantages of Ethanol blending in fuels ?


Ethanol blending is a process of blending ethanol with petrol. Ethanol is obtained from sugar industries which is a by-product of sugarcane molasses. Ethanol blending was started in India in 2001. Ethanol blending reduces carbon monoxide and carbon-dioxide emissions up-to 30%, cleans the car engine and dirt from pipes and chambers. It also acts as

Bioplastic of the Future


Lactic acid is a colourless, hygroscopic liquid which is white in its solid state. It is an organic compound, and can be classified as an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) because of its structure which contains a hydroxyl group adjacent to the carboxyl group. It is present naturally, and can be produced synthetically. It is also known

Calcium Carbonate – a ‘Jack of All Trades’ Chemical

Calcium Carbonate – a ‘Jack of All Trades’ Chemical


Calcium carbonate, or CaCO3  is commonly found as calcite or aragonite. It is the primary component of naturally formed pearls and the shells of organisms such as snails and oysters. Industrially, pure ground calcium carbonate or ‘GCC’ is obtained through the mining of chalk, marble or limestone reserves. While chalk is a fine, crystalline material,

All about Beta-Carotene you need to know


Beta-carotene is one of the most important antioxidants required for our body. The name is derived from ‘Carrot’ as beta-carotene pigments were first found by crystallizing carrots. Beta-carotene has the ability to fight against the free radicals in our body and gets converted into Vitamin A in our body. When free radicals accumulate, they may

Maltodextrin: A Tasteless Sugar


Maltodextrin is a member under the big umbrella of sugar. It is a polysaccharide and is made of dextrose monomers. While maltodextrin can be synthesised artificially, it is usually derived from corn, rice, wheat and potato starch. To obtain maltodextrin from plants, the plant starch is cooked then digested by enzymes or acids. Afterwhich, it

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