It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations.

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The function(s) performed by the food additive when used in cooking.

  • Humectant - A substance that helps prevent food from drying out
  • Thickener - A substance that increases the viscosity of a food

Data according to various sources such as fao, fda, codex. Spot a mistake? Tell us!

Country Status Matched Term
United States
Approved Glycerol
European Union
Approved Glycerol
Australia and New Zealand
Approved Glycerin or glycerol
Philippines
Approved Glycerol
Austria
Approved Glycerol
Belgium
Approved Glycerol
Bulgaria
Approved Glycerol
Cyprus
Approved Glycerol
Czech Republic
Approved Glycerol
Denmark
Approved Glycerol
Estonia
Approved Glycerol
Finland
Approved Glycerol
France
Approved Glycerol
Germany
Approved Glycerol
Greece
Approved Glycerol
Hungary
Approved Glycerol
Ireland
Approved Glycerol
Italy
Approved Glycerol
Latvia
Approved Glycerol
Lithuania
Approved Glycerol
Luxembourg
Approved Glycerol
Malta
Approved Glycerol
Netherlands
Approved Glycerol
Poland
Approved Glycerol
Portugal
Approved Glycerol
Romania
Approved Glycerol
Slovakia
Approved Glycerol
Slovenia
Approved Glycerol
Spain
Approved Glycerol
Sweden
Approved Glycerol
United Kingdom
Approved Glycerol
Australia
Approved Glycerin or glycerol
New Zealand
Approved Glycerin or glycerol

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Halal - yes

E422 - Glycerol: It is Halal if it obtained from oils or soy fat. Suitable for vegetarian label indicates that only vegetable oil or fat is used as a source.

Muslim Consumer Group

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E422 - Glycerol: Headaches, high blood sugar levels, eye skin irritation in sensitive people.

Additive Alert

Causes allergic reaction - yes

E422 - Glycerol: http://www.additivealert.com.au/search.php?start=140&end=150&count=298&process=next&flg=0

Additive Alert

Semi-synthetic substance - maybe

E422 - Glycerol: Humectant and sweetener; oily colourless alcohol; derived by decomposition of natural fats with alkalis; usually as a by-product of soap making using animal fat or vegetable oil; can be obtained from petroleum products sometimes synthesised from propylene or fermented from sugar; used in flexible coatings on sausages and cheeses, also in crystallised and dried fruit, liqueurs and vodka, marshmallows, soft drinks, desserts, confectionary, tooth paste, etc.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E422 - Glycerol: Humectant and sweetener; oily colourless alcohol; derived by decomposition of natural fats with alkalis; usually as a by-product of soap making using animal fat or vegetable oil; can be obtained from petroleum products sometimes synthesised from propylene or fermented from sugar; used in flexible coatings on sausages and cheeses, also in crystallised and dried fruit, liqueurs and vodka, marshmallows, soft drinks, desserts, confectionary, tooth paste, etc. "Glycerine has been shown to protect against DNA damage induced by tumour promoters, ultraviolet lights and radiation, presumably via free radical scavenging"; large quantities can cause headaches, thirst, nausea and high blood sugar levels.

MBM Foods

Aggravates food intolerances - yes

E422 - Glycerol: Large quantities can cause headaches, thirst, nausea and high blood sugar levels.

Angelfire-Food Intolerance, Allergies and Adverse Reactions

Derived from animal products - maybe

E422 - Glycerol: There is contention surrounding the origins of Glycerol. Through various industrial reselling practices, a majority of glycerine originates as a by-product of soap manufacturing. Many soaps are manufactured using animal fats. This indicates that even though glycerine occurs naturally in plants, what ends up in food and soap products mostly originates from animals.

Vegetarian Network Victoria

Glycerin
Glycerol
Glycyl alcohol
1,2,3-propane triol
Propane-1,2,3-triol
Trihydroxypropane
1,2,3-trihydroxypropane

Collection of sources used to create this food additive summary.

Source
Codex Alimentarius
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
UK Food Guide
UK Food Standards Agency
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Wikipedia

Lists the U.S. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) registry number and EINECS (European INventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances) numbers when known.

  • CAS Number: 56-81-5
  • EINECS Number: 200-289-5
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