October 12, 2004

Molecule of the Week: Zinger One

zingerThe website of the American Chemical Society picks a weekly fave:

Zingerone gives ginger a "hot" taste. It's also an antioxidant, although it only weakly inhibits peroxidation of phospholipid liposomes in the presence of iron(III) and ascorbate. Zingerone's vanillin foundation and hydrocarbon tail make it a chemical relative of eugenol and capsaicin.
Posted by jackhodgson at October 12, 2004 12:07 PM