Food Grade Coolants: Jeffcool (Inhibited Propylene Glycol)

JEFFCOOL® is the widely recognized brand name for propylene glycol, which has varied chemical formulas, depending on your needs. The water treatment chemical supplier Bell Chem carries both JEFFCOOL E100 and P200. Below are the differences between these two forms of JEFFCOOL and their many uses.

JEFFCOOL E100 is the inhibited form of propylene glycol used as both a heat transfer agent and an industrial coolant. “Inhibited” indicates that a corrosion inhibitor has been added to the product. This inhibited form has many practical applications in the protection of aluminum, brass, copper, steel, and many other forms of metal utilized in industrial cooling and heating systems. Because it protects against corrosion, JEFFCOOL E100 prevents production downtime by lowering maintenance costs. JEFFCOOL E100 also improves the system’s ability to transfer heat, which saves consumers money.

JEFFCOOL E100 is excellent for use in line heaters, snow-melting systems for highways and walkways, thermal energy storage in large buildings,  solar energy collection systems, and for automotive and aircraft manufacture, It is also used in the manufacturing of chemicals, dye production, for paint manufacturing, in paper and pulp manufacturing, and in plastic and textile manufacturing.

JEFFCOOL P200 is a USP-grade version of propylene glycol with applications in the food industry where contact with food or potable water is likely. Found in breweries for cooling batches of beer, in wineries for cooling wine, in dairy processing to quickly cool milk, and in the frozen food industry for spray and immersion freezing of packaged food, JEFFCOOL P200 works to maintain proper temperatures for every application. It is also widely used as a heat transfer fluid in snow melting systems and as a coolant in air conditioning systems and ice skating rinks. Other manufacturing uses include the production of polyurethanes, as a preservative in tobacco and food, as a solvent in medicines, as a de-icer in aircraft, and as an additive in dog food.

Order this chemical and many more from Bell Chem, your water treatment chemical supplier. Bell Chem’s headquarters is in Longwood, FL — just north of Orlando — with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Maltodextrin in the Food Industry

You may be familiar with the word “maltodextrin” after noting it on the ingredient list of many foods and beverages. What you may not realize is the role that maltodextrin plays in foods and beverages. Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide derived from a starch — often barley, corn, oats, potatoes, rice, tapioca, or wheat. Usually, maltodextrin is formed into a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder, or, less frequently, into a liquid. Unlike most other polysaccharides, maltodextrin does not add a sweet flavor to foods. Instead, it enhances the viscosity of products. 

  • Many consumers demand texture in foods such as coffee creamers, pudding, infant formula, salad dressing, canned fruits, and protein shakes. Maltodextrin creates the bulk and creaminess in these foods that consumers crave, while stabilizing the liquids within them.

  • As a binder, maltodextrin is used abundantly in artificial sweeteners, where it creates the crystallized form of packaged sweeteners consumers add to coffee and tea.

  • In the food industry, maltodextrin works to turn an oily substance or a liquid into a powder. This drying and anti-caking ability allows foods, such as instant pudding mixes, to remain in a powdery form until a liquid is added, at which time the powder bulks into a highly viscous form.

  • Maltodextrin inhibits ice formation in frozen foods, ensuring that the original smooth texture keeps over time. When added to ice cream or frozen yogurt, maltodextrin also increases the freezing temperature.

  • Maltodextrin is frequently called upon as a replacement for fats in packaged foods, such as baked goods, frozen desserts, and even sausages. With the same mouthfeel as many fats, consumers have the satisfaction of a fatty snack without the added fat.

  • New research is finding maltodextrin to be a viable carrier for many flavors. When oils or concentrated fruit or vegetable juices are spray dried onto maltodextrin, they can be dried into powdered forms.

  • Many breakfast cereals and snacks are sprayed with maltodextrin to create crispy textures with an appealing, shiny coating.

Order maltodextrin and many other food additives from Bell Chem, your Jacksonville chemical supplier. Bell Chem’s headquarters is in Longwood, FL — just north of Orlando — with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Utilizing Aluminum Sulfate

Aluminum sulfate, Al2(SO4)3, is more commonly referred to as alum. It is composed of the salt of sulfuric acid, combined with aluminum hydroxide, a weak base. This gives aluminum sulfate the ability to easily pick up other chemicals or release some of its own molecules. The chemical versatility of aluminum sulfate gives it the characteristics to be used in many industries, especially as a wastewater treatment component.

  • Textiles: When fabric and paper are dyed, the colors will often bleed, especially after washings. Aluminum sulfate acts as a mordant, allowing organic textiles to absorb dye by adhering with both the fabric and the dye. Fabric dyes treated with aluminum sulfate become insoluble, or colorfast.

  • Water Treatment: When mixed with water, aluminum sulfate becomes ionized and is able to attract pollutants within the water system and precipitate them, causing the pollutants to sink (sedimentation) for easy removal. Most municipal water treatment plants utilize aluminum sulfate for this reason, and its primary role in industrial use is in water treatment plants.

  • Paper Industry: Aluminum sulfate is often used to remove impurities from water during the creation of pulp in the paper industry. This versatile chemical binds materials and neutralizes ions during rosin sizing.

  • Environmental: Ponds with extensive algal growth are unhealthy because the underlying vegetation and animal life lose precious sunlight when algae block the sun from reaching below the water’s surface. Aluminum sulfate helps control algae growth in stagnant waters. In the garden, the acidity of aluminum sulfate adjusts soil pH to stimulate healthy growth.

  • Other industrial uses: You can find aluminum sulfate in baking soda and deodorants due to its antibacterial qualities. Aluminum sulfate is also used in fertilizer, fire extinguisher foam, leather-making, soaps, and as a chemical catalyst.

With such a wide range of uses, aluminum sulfate will be a boon to your business. Order this chemical and many more from Bell Chem, your water treatment chemical supplier. Bell Chem’s headquarters is in Longwood, FL — just north of Orlando — with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled, personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

The Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Ever wonder why hydrogen peroxide is packaged in a dark container? Because oxygen normally binds with only two hydrogen molecules, hydrogen peroxide is naturally unstable. The addition of a second oxygen molecule means hydrogen peroxide either wants to lose an oxygen molecule or take on additional molecules. This means direct sunlight will alter its chemical formula. However, this instability is contrary to how naturally clean a chemical hydrogen peroxide is. With only four total molecules — H2O2 — this product can be used in varied industries with virtually no environmental impact.

  • Healthcare and Personal Health: Bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins, and yeast all fall prey to hydrogen peroxide, which oxidizes and neutralizes these living and non-living pathogens. Hospitals and other healthcare systems find hydrogen peroxide ideal for sanitizing and disinfecting rooms, and, when diluted, the same benefits are available on the surface or inside the human body. In fact, H2O2 joins with oxygen atoms traveling through the bloodstream and quite effectively transports those atoms to needy cells. Hydrogen peroxide also may have a positive healing impact on many diseases, from allergies to warts.

  • Food and Beverage Industry: Food-grade hydrogen peroxide is available at 35% total volume and is an ideal surface cleaner and disinfectant. Wine often contains sulfites as a preservative; H2O2 is able to neutralize sulfites without affecting the wine’s flavor. The manufacturing of cheese also includes H2O2.

  • Home and Industrial Use: The disinfectant and sanitizing qualities of hydrogen peroxide make it ideal for use around the house or in a factory. It can disinfect machinery, sanitize hard or soft surfaces, remove stains from fabrics in lieu of bleach, whiten paper pulp, and is used in the manufacturing of polyurethanes. Printed circuit boards and the manufacturing of semiconductors benefit from the etchant capabilities of hydrogen peroxide.

With such a wide range of uses, hydrogen peroxide will surely benefit your company. Order this chemical and many others from Bell Chem, your Florida chemical supply company. Bell Chem’s headquarters is in Longwood, FL — just north of Orlando — with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled, personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Citric Acid: An Ingredient for all Industries

Most people relate citric acid with fruit, and rightly so. This versatile acid occurs naturally and in large amounts in citrus fruits and berries. With its distinctly sour flavor, it is widely used as a flavoring and preservative for candy and food, but the Jacksonville chemical supplier, Bell Chem, has an abundance of other uses for citric acid in foods, beverages, personal care, and nutritional products.

  • Food and Beverages: The weakly acidic citric acid is a commonly used preservative since it has the ability to alter the pH when added as an ingredient to food or beverages. Since microbes generally have a limited pH range for growth and reproduction, citric acid controls or eliminates microbial growth. Because microbes shorten food shelf life, citric acid extends the amount of time a food remains fresh. Citric acid also prevents oxidation to fruits and vegetables, which keeps fresh foods from turning brown.

  • Industrial Uses: In cheesemaking, citric acid is a proven stabilizer of emulsions. Because it prevents fats from separating, cheese flavors remain constant with every bite. Beer and wine manufacturers use citric acid as a pH adjuster. In the frozen food industry, antioxidants extend shelf life; citric acid stimulates antioxidants to keep foods from spoiling. In detergents, stains dissolve more rapidly with the use of citric acid.

  • Personal Care: Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics utilize citric acid as a pH adjuster. Added to cosmetics, citric acid can be used in facial and skin products to stimulate epidermal cell regeneration. Many cosmetics focusing on lightening or depigmenting the skin — such as acne creams, wrinkle removers, or anti-aging creams — use citric acid as an ingredient. It is also an ideal mineral supplement to regulate pH and stimulate antioxidants.

  • Nutritional Products: Citric acid plays a leading role in the Krebs cycle, the process through which animals and plants metabolize energy. It also binds to any excess calcium in the blood to remove it from the body; since calcium is a main component in kidney stones, citric acid can reduce or prevent kidney stones.

Bell Chem’s citric acid is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Order this chemical and many more from Bell Chem, your Jacksonville chemical supplier. Bell Chem’s headquarters is in Longwood, FL — just north of Orlando — with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled, personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

The Benefits of Calcium Lactate

The human body contains many minerals, and calcium is more abundant than any of the others. Calcium lactate can neutralize a calcium deficiency by playing a key role in the human body and affecting all body systems. Individuals with a calcium deficiency are often given calcium lactate to balance this important nutrient in their bloodstream and bones. Bell Chem, the personal raw care materials supplier, offers calcium lactate to its customers for utilization in nutrition in order to complement the body’s many functions.

  • The teeth and skeletal system is formed by approximately 99% of the calcium within the body.

  • The digestive system generally absorbs calcium for use throughout the body. However, rickets, hypoparathyroidism, and osteoporosis are all disorders requiring calcium lactate supplementation. Obstetricians prescribe calcium lactate to pregnant and nursing mothers to boost blood levels of calcium.

  • Hormones and enzymes are catalyzed by calcium lactate, expediting the speed of reactions.

  • The cardiovascular system uses calcium lactate to expand and contract the heart and blood vessels quickly and repeatedly. In older patients with hypertension, calcium lactate enables blood vessels to contract and relax more regularly.

  • Muscles contract with the aid of calcium lactate. When individuals experience muscle cramping, the addition of calcium lactate relieves tetanus, often within 10 minutes. Muscle twitching is likewise relieved with calcium lactate.

  • Without calcium lactate, the nervous system would work much less efficiently. The brain requires vast amounts of fuel to operate at peak performance. Most often that supply is glucose, but calcium lactate has been found to be a preferential source of energy.

  • White blood cells rely on the skeletal system’s calcium supply to boost their ability to ward off infection during an illness. Wounds, broken bones, and skin abrasions heal more rapidly with calcium lactate by enabling cells to adhere to it.

With such a wide array of benefits, many health care clinics are turning to calcium lactate and the personal raw care materials supplier, Bell Chem, to help their customers live better. Bell Chem is based north of Orlando in Longwood, FL, with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

The Nutritional Benefits of Canola Oil

Canola oil, a healthy fat, is often used as a replacement for less healthy oils, therefore, keeping it in high demand. Because of its health benefits, ease of use, and marketability, the nutritional chemical supplier Bell Chem wants its customers to better understand this marvelous oil. First created in Canada (“Can”-ada + “ola”-oil), canola oil was developed from deriving traits from the rapeseed and applying them to the canola plant. The oil produced from this cross contains no trans-fat or cholesterol, has the lowest amount of saturated fat on the market, and may have favorable health benefits as opposed to the negative effects of many other cooking oils.

  • Canola oil increases vitamin absorption by acting as a fat-soluble carrier. These vitamins can include A, D, E, and K.

  • Canola oil contains no proteins. Proteins are often responsible for causing allergic reactions, and the lack of proteins means the body’s immune system will not react negatively to the use of canola oil.

  • Canola oil has a long shelf life. Stored at room temperature, canola oil can linger on the shelf for approximately one year.

  • Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fat, which helps lower LDL cholesterol and control fluctuating blood glucose levels. The omega-3 fatty acids in canola oil, which contain the most plant-based omega-3 fatty acids on the market, are good for the heart.

  • Isothiocyanates, compounds found in canola, reportedly help prevent some forms of cancer.

  • Research has shown that canola oil can reduce belly fat and may improve metabolic syndrome symptoms that increase heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Because of these health benefits, canola oil is often the preferred choice. Order this nutritional chemical and many more from Bell Chem, your nutritional chemical supplier.

Bell Chem is based in Longwood, FL just north of Orlando with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Caustic Soda: The Versatile Chemical

Many chemicals are specialized with a short range of practical applications. Caustic soda – also known as sodium hydroxide – definitely defies that categorization. Industries around the globe have found dozens of uses for caustic soda, and the Jacksonville chemical supplier, Bell Chem, stocks several different forms and gradients of this versatile chemical.

  • Chemical manufacturing: Used as a feedstock, caustic soda is an intermediary and reactant in the production of solvents, synthetic fibers, plastic, bleach, adhesives, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, and inks.

  • Cosmetics and personal care: Caustic soda acts as a buffering agent in fragrances, makeup, powders, shampoos, hair straighteners, and shaving and skin care products.

  • Food and beverage industry: Caustic soda adjusts the pH in many packaged foods. It also acts as a chemical peel and detergent for fruits and vegetables.

  • Industrial cleaning: Caustic soda can saponify fat, tallow, and vegetable oils, making it ideal in soaps and detergents. Acting as a chemical base or surfactant in detergents, oven cleaners, and drain cleaners, caustic soda breaks down grease, fats, and protein-based deposits.

  • Pulp and paper manufacturing: Bleaching and pulping are simplified with the addition of the alkaline caustic soda. Waste paper inscribed with ink becomes unblemished when caustic soda is applied. The paper and pulp industry consume a huge percentage of caustic soda production.

  • Textile industry: Synthetic fibers are easily dyed with caustic soda, and cotton processing is one of sodium hydroxide’s best textile uses.

  • Water treatment: When the pH varies slightly in water treatment facilities, bacteria and other microbes flourish or tuberculation appears. As a pH adjuster, caustic soda maintains safer pH levels for sanitation systems.

Bell Chem, your Jacksonville chemical supplier, is based in Longwood, FL, just north of Orlando. With hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse, including caustic soda, you will find the chemical or ingredient your thriving business needs. Expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service from Bell Chem. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Naturally Occurring Energy: The Benefits of Malic Acid

Malic acid is a colorless, crystalline, organic compound naturally occurring in fruits such as apples, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, and pears. The personal raw care materials supplier Bell Chem offers malic acid to its customer for utilization in supplements and pharmaceutical products because of its positive impact on the human body.

  • Increased Energy: The body produces energy by converting the food we eat into energy that our cells can readily use in a process known as the Krebs cycle. The end product, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is catabolized by malic acid. Therefore, individuals with mitochondrial disorders, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome greatly benefit from supplements containing malic acid. With energy being produced more efficiently, patients with chronic fatigue issues find energy levels are higher throughout the day due to malic acid.

  • Increased Exercise Tolerance: With renewed energy from increasing malic acid intake, patients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or mitochondrial disorders can exercise longer and at higher intensities than in the past.

  • Improved Skin: Malic acid’s ability to change metabolic processes at the cellular level works wonders for your skin as well. Malic acid promotes collagen production to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging, opens pores to help acne, and removes dead skin cells to smooth the skin’s surface.

  • Enhanced Taste: To add icing to the cake, malic acid has a great flavor. Food and beverage manufacturers use malic acid as a flavor enhancer to mask flavors we may not find appealing. Personal care products, such as mouthwash and toothpaste, find malic acid increases saliva, which reduces bacterial count in the mouth. As the name implies, malic acid has a low pH and can aid in stomach digestion when the body does not naturally produce ample hydrochloric acid to chemically break down food. Once food is broken into smaller nutrients, it is much more easily digested. Malic acid, therefore, allows nutrients to be absorbed more quickly within the digestive tract.

Malic acid, stocked by the personal raw care materials supplier Bell Chem, is truly a beneficial nutrient for your body. Order this supplement and many others from Bell Chem. Our headquarters are located in Longwood, FL – just north of Orlando – with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.

Get the Skinny on Sugar Substitutes

Occurring naturally in places like sugarcane, sugar beets, and honey, sugar has long been the sweetener of choice. However, within the past half-century, other products have shown up next to sugar on grocery store shelves, touting their low-calorie advantages with the same or even sweeter taste. Sugar substitutes now line the shelves in a variety of forms. Take a look at some of the different kinds below.

  • Sucralose: Derived from sucrose – common table sugar – sucralose is sugar with a twist, literally! The chemical formula is altered by replacing 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups with chlorine atoms, which changes both the shape of the overall molecule and the way it interacts with the body. While remaining sweet, the molecule is not accumulated as extra energy the way sugar molecules are. Sucralose is potent – approximately 600 times sweeter than sucrose – and can be added as a liquid or solid in foods and beverages. Because sucralose passes through the body unimpeded, diabetic patients are able to consume sucralose with no worry when it is added to foods or drinks. Bacteria do not use sucralose as a food source either, so cavities do not form from eating foods with sucralose as a sweetener.

  • Aspartame: With its clean, sweet taste, aspartame enhances citrus and fruit flavors. Chewing gum containing aspartame remains sweet almost 4 times longer than similar gum containing sucrose. Much like sucralose, the chemical composition of aspartame (C13H18O5N2) causes it to flush from the body without being stored as an energy source. Therefore, diabetic patients are able to enjoy foods and beverages containing aspartame, and consumers will not suffer dental caries from consuming aspartame.

  • Stevia: A recent newcomer to the sugar substitute stage is stevia. Unlike other sugar substitutes, stevia is derived directly from a plant, much like how cane sugar is derived from sugarcane. The stevia plant, related to ragweed and daisies, has been used locally for hundreds of years in Paraguay and Brazil as an herb to sweeten foods, treat burns, and cure illnesses, such as colic and upset stomachs. With zero calories, stevia is 200 times sweeter than table sugar in the same concentration.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports in a 2012 interview that approximately 24% of adults and 12% of children use sugar substitutes, and that market is only continuing to expand. Keep up with the demand by ordering these food-grade ingredients and many others from Bell Chem, your Jacksonville chemical supplier. Bell Chem’s headquarters are located in Longwood, FL – just north of Orlando – with hundreds of products stocked in our 50,000+ square-foot warehouse. You can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff handle all your needs by calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or send us an online message.