It is the backbone for all triglycerides and on its own is a sweet substance that is the byproduct of soap manufacturing (adding an alkali to fat). It is used as a humectant in candies, a replacement sweetener, a solvent for colors and flavors, a bulking agent when used in combination with gelatins or gums. Also used as a "plasticizer" for some coatings on cheese and meats.
Also commonly used as a humectant in tobacco. While it is used as a replacement sweetener, it does have calories but does not spike blood sugar levels. Because of its calorie content it is technically classified as a carbohydrate (not a fat or protein) but is still often used as a sweetener in "low-carbohydrate" foods. Under the right chemical conditions, such as combining it with a strong oxidizing agent, an explosion may be produced.
marshmallows, jelly candies, shortening, margarine, beverages, baked goods, chewing gum, meat products, cheese
Possible Health Effects
In high concentrations, can be irritating to mucous membranes.
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