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Glycerol (Vegetable Glycerin)
GLYCEROL (Vegetable Glycerine) is Glycerol is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. It is widely used in the food industry as a sweetener and humectant and in pharmaceutical formulations.
It is produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil. Palm and coconut oils are natural triglyceride mixtures with glycerin.
Though vegetable glycerin comes from a plant source, it’s fractionated in an industrial process and is, in fact, used as an ingredient in industrial products such as industrially processed foods and pharmaceuticals.
While vegetable glycerin is not toxic in amounts consumed in food, pharmaceutical or cosmetic products, some people now use large amounts as a no-calorie sweetener. In that use, there may be side effects. LIVESTRONG: Side Effects of Vegetable Glycerin
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