Natural alternative to synthetic preservatives discovered in grains

Some consumers have adverse reactions to commonly used synthetic and industrialized preservatives* like BHT, BHA, EDTA and Sodium Benzoate, causing them to avoid processed foods that contain these chemicals. But that may be changing in the future.  Good news may be on the horizon for ridding some processed foods of synthetic and industrialized preservatives…A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently used by the food industry.  Go here to read a brief overview of the preliminary findings of this research.



Journal reference: Andrew S. Elder, John N. Coupland, Ryan J. Elias. Antioxidant activity of a winterized, acetonic rye bran extract containing alkylresorcinols in oil-in-water emulsions. Food Chemistry, 2019; 272: 174 DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.08.011


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* For more information on the scientific research linking these additives to a variety of health-related complications, as well as the places they are hiding, see our book,”The Food Hackers Handbook