Has anyone heard of/used vegetable glycerin?

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

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[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?



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..



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!


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.



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.


on June 29, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I find it quite unpalatable

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