Category Archives: Molecule Monday

Molecule Monday features various chemicals in the news & typically includes a video of the molecule as a stereo pair.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin & Beta Carotene-Molecule Monday

Today is Halloween & what is more iconic than a pumpkin carved into a Jack o’ Lantern? The orange colour is due in part to beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. It turns out that pumpkins do more than help ward off blindness or evil spirits, they may also protect us from other undesirables.  For more, read on…

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ammonia

Ammonia-A Versatile Chemical
Molecule Monday

Ammonia is about as simple as molecules get. Ammonia, like methane, water and carbon dioxide, consists of only 2 different elements. Yet, this otherwise unassuming molecule helped give rise to life on Earth and has many important industrial uses. For a brief overview, read more below. Continue reading

Aspartame

Aspartame-Amino Acid Sweetener
Molecule Monday

Aspartame has been in the news again. Pepsico, which dropped aspartame from its diet Pepsi formulation over a year ago has reintroduced it. The motivation to remove it was driven by the bad press aspartame had received over the years which was thought to have impacted sales. It turns out that the aspartame version has a loyal following which persuaded Pepsico to backtrack. For more on what the controversy is all about…
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Cholesterol-A Steroid; Who Knew?
Molecule Monday Fast Fact

Food and drug ads have likely made you anxious about your cholesterol levels but the health of your blood vessels is only part of the story. Did you know that testosterone, progesterone  and performance enhancing steroids are all essentially different versions of cholesterol? You can try to avoid them in your diet all you want but you can’t eliminate them from your body without disastrous consequences.

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Miracle Medicine; Maybe?

Medical Marijuana-Miracle Drug?
Molecule Monday-THC & More

Marijuana has been enjoying a renaissance of late. Once reviled as a gateway drug to heroin to name but one, it is being rehabilitated as a panacea for ailments ranging from anxiety to Alzheimer’s. With jurisdictions around the world including Canada & the US verging on legalization, is the hype justified?  Continue reading