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You may remember me from the VPN MitM attack question a month or two ago, but I thought I’d send some information your way about a topic in your show “The Snark Tower”. In this episode you mention that some Japanese scientists have found a substance, polyphenol, that makes ice cream stable to high temperature. I’m a chemistry grad student at a UC school and can help explain a bit on what’s going on!
First, room temperature stable ice cream is nothing new. You may remember pictures from around the internet about Wal-Mart brand ice cream sandwiches that don’t melt in the summer heat. Instead of polyphenol, they use a similar product, guar gum and/or xanthan gum. Polyphenol and these gums share similar properties, both are amphiphilic, meaning they “love” both water and oil. In ice cream, your cream has a lot of fat (oil) and the ice is water! The term for making water and oil mix more easily is emulsification, also process behind how soap cleans oil off of your hands. I should also point out, butter is a mix of water and oil/fat as well. It doesn’t melt, and yet people don’t get in a tizzy about that!
If you look at the chemical structures of polyphenol and guar gum on Wikipedia, you’ll notice some similarities. Both are hexagonal carbon rings connected by oxygen atoms with some dangling -OH (hydroxyl) groups. A big difference is the hexagonal rings in polyphenol are planar and rigid while the rings in guar gum are zig-zagged and floppy (best term for it, I swear!). The rings are carbon and give the molecules their oil-loving abilities. The dangling hydroxyls are hydrophilic, giving the molecules their water-soluble properties. Mix in with your water/cream mix and you can dump a ton more fat in without ruining flavor or separating the mixture. Higher fat = higher melting temperature = room temperature ice cream!
Another interesting property of guar/xantham gum is their ability to cross-link, in effect thickening a solution. If enough molecules come together you get a network which can trap and strengthen the oil/water emulsion similarly to how rebar strengthens concrete. I suspect (but am not sure) that polyphenol will have a similar effect.
Hope this wasn’t too dry of a read, but I enjoy food, chemistry, and mixing the two! Oh, and no, it won’t make your food taste like strawberries as long as you purified it enough!
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