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After you divide up your Halloween loot and before you dive face first into a peanut butter cup, think about this: A whole bunch of molecular reactions had to occur to bring you that gooey goodness. 
Order from any number of Chinese takeout restaurants these days, and you might notice that many menus boast “NO ADDED MSG.” The label can also be found in supermarket aisles on snack foods or on packaged seasonings. The labels are meant to ease consumers’ worries, because MSG, which is used as a flavor enhancer, has for decades been popularly linked to various health problems, such as headaches and allergic reactions. It's even been considered a factor in infantile obesity.
Dairy products have been a key component of a healthy diet and a source of many nutrients. The industry has employed time-tested and validated thermal pasteurization and sterilization technologies to ensure consumer confidence. However, changes in consumers’ health and wellness-oriented lifestyles and their perceptions about nutrition have redefined the desired attributes in the processed foods they would like to have.