Applications and Uses of Glycerol

Glycerol can be used in Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Health & Personal care products, Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry. Glycerol is used in food as a solvent, sweetener, preservative, filler and thickening agent. Glycerol is used in processed baked goods, liqueurs, beverages and confectionery products.

Glycerol is a simple polypol compound that appears as a clear colorless syrup. In foods and beverages, It is often used as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as a filler in low fat foods (e.g., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs.

Glycerol uses as follows:


In Food Production

Glycerol can be used as humectant and sweetener in food such as in meat, sausage, bacon, confectionery.  It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods, and as a thickening agent in liqueurs.

In Beverage

Glycerol can be used as humectant and sweetener in beverage such as in juice, vinegar, wine.

In Pharmaceutical

Glycerol can be used for eye disorders,Vasodialator, Constipation.

In Health and Personal care

Glycerol can be used safely in cosmetic and personal care products such as in soaps, toothpaste, shaving cream, and skin and hair care products.

Glycerol is a well-known humectant that prevents the premature loss of moisture from cosmetics and personal care products so they don’t dry out. Other functions that have been reported for glycerin include, hair conditioning agent, oral care agent, skin conditioning agent—skin protectant and viscosity decreasing agent.

In Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry feed

Glycerol can be used in Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry feed.

In Other Industries

Glycerol is used to produce nitroglycerin, or glyceryl tinitrate (GTN), which is an essential ingredient of smokeless gunpowder and various explosives such as dynamite, gelignite, and propellants like cordite.

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