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Has anyone heard of/used vegetable glycerin?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM

From [here][1]

[1]: http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/category/natural-sweeteners-vegetable-glycerine.php its described as "a clear, colorless, thick liquid with a natural, moderately sweet taste. 100% food grade vegetable glycerine is comprised of 99.7% fatty esters, made from either coconut or palm oil. The remaining 0.3% of vegetable glycerine is water."

So, has anyone used this or heard of it? Any information on the fructose content?

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:50 AM

Yes, I use it when I make watercolours/gouache. :) I think you can also use it when you make toothpaste. I've never thought about eating it though, which I guess is what you're asking about..

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:02 AM

weird. didnt know one could eat it. ive only ever used it in skincare stuff.

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:19 AM

Umm so vegetable glycerin has a caloric density similar to regular sugar but due to it's lower GI it's accepted as a sweetener that works with low carb diets - it has the same potency of regular sugar but doesn't raise blood sugar levels. From what I understand it has about 27 calories per teaspoon and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. Not sure what you want to use it for.. but when I need a sweetener, to make ice cream only, I've turned to coconut nectar and coconut crystals. Just my preference :) good luck!

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on June 29, 2011
at 02:04 PM

The only time I've ever used it was when making fondant for cakes (I was a professional cake decorator in my former life). I've never used it for anything else, and probably wouldn't use it now.

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on June 29, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Not sure on "vegetable glycerine", but glycerine was used to sweeten protein bars prior to the feds requiring more strict labeling. i.e. It was a cheap sweetener that the manufacturers could stick in without actually labeling as carbs. When the feds changed that, manufacturers had to label it as a carb (sometimes hidden in "Sugar Alcohols").

Does that mean it's bad? Not necessarily, but be aware it's similar in calories to carbs. No fructose though.

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on June 29, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I find it quite unpalatable

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