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Quick lime, chemically known as calcium oxide (CaO), is a commonly used chemical compound. It exists as a white crystalline solid. Quicklime is manufactured from the calcination of limestone which is the thermal decomposition of limestone, which contains calcium carbonate. Calcination of limestone is executed by heating the material to a high temperature of above 825°C….

All about Vitamin-C !

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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…

Health Benefits of Pine Essential Oil

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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

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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…

All about Beta-Carotene

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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

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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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