glycerin

Have you ever thought about the fact that you may eating foods that contain the same ingredient as soap? Glycerin helps extend the life of foods and it is the same ingredient found in soap.

The following information was taken from the following article: “Foods Containing Glycerin” by Jessica Brusso, May 3, 2015

Glycerin, also called glycerol, is sometimes added to foods to help thicken them, to control their moisture level or to stabilize them if they contain a mix of water and oil. It’s mainly used in processed foods and sweets and is generally regarded as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The article highlights different foods that contain glycerin. Check out this list of foods.

Dairy Foods – yogurt, milk, cheese, processed meat and poultry

Processed Vegetables – dried vegetables, canned vegetables, processed fruit, sauces containing vegetables

Grains and Baked Goods- rice, pudding, breading, precooked rice

Beverages – alcoholic beverages, cider, flavored beverages made with water,

Sauces- mustard, vinegar, sweeteners, butter, nut butters

Typically, I think of glycerin being an ingredient in soap. Is glycerin safe to eat? The answer is yes. Glycerin is used to help extend the life of foods. However, you will not find me eating a bar of soap anytime soon. The point here is that it is important to know what we are eating.  At Midwest Laboratories we test glycerin for its purity for several food producers and brokers. Check the food labels of some of these products and see how much glycerin you are consuming in your everyday diet.

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