Brain Killers

Five Foods That Kill the Brain

  1. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that’s “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial.
  2. Aspartame is an artificial non-saccharide sweetener 200 times sweeter than sucrose, and is commonly used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages. It is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide with the trade names, NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel. Wikipedia

Molar mass: 294.3 g/mol

Formula: C14H18N2O5

IUPAC ID: N-(L-α-Aspartyl)-L-phenylalanine, 1-methyl ester

Acidity (pKa): 4.5–6.0

Boiling point: Decomposes

Melting point: 246–247 °C (475–477 °F; 519–520 K)

3. Sucralose is an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute. The majority of ingested sucralose is not broken down by the body, so it is noncaloric. In the European Union, it is also known under the E number E955. It is produced by chlorination of sucrose. Wikipedia

Formula: C12H19Cl3O8

IUPAC ID: 1,6-Dichloro-1,6-dideoxy-β-D-fructofuranosyl-4-chloro-4-deoxy-α-D-galactopyranoside

Molar mass: 397.64 g/mol

Melting point: 257°F (125°C)

Soluble inWater

Acidity (pKa): 12.52±0.70

4. Diacetyl is an organic compound with the chemical formula (CH₃CO)₂. It is a yellow or green liquid with an intensely buttery flavor. It is a vicinal diketone with the molecular formula C₄H₆O₂. Diacetyl occurs naturally in alcoholic beverages and is added to some foods to impart its buttery flavor. Wikipedia

Formula: C4H6O2

Molar mass: 86.0892 g/mol

Boiling point: 190.4°F (88°C)

Density: 990 kg/m³

Solubility in water: 200 kg/m³

Melting point: −2 to −4 °C (28 to 25 °F; 271 to 269 K)

5. Aluminium is a chemical element with the symbol Al and atomic number 13. It is a silvery-white, soft, non-magnetic and ductile metal in the boron group. By mass, aluminium makes up about 8% of the Earth’s crust, where it is the third most abundant element and also the most abundant metal. Wikipedia

Symbol: Al

Atomic mass: 26.981539 u

Melting point: 1,221°F (660.3°C)

Atomic number: 13

Density: 2.7 g/cm³

Electron configuration: [Ne] 3s²3p¹