Glycerine is a colourless and odourless liquid that has a viscous structure.


Glycerine has a sweet taste


Glycerine (Glycerol or Glycerin) holds the chemical formula C3H8O3 and is a sugar alcohol compound. It is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations and as a food preservative.



  • Glycerine acts as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener in food and drinks helping to preserve.
  • It is also used as a filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods such as cookies and as a thickening agent in liqueurs.
  • As a sugar substitute Glycerine has approximately 27 kilocalories per teaspoon (sugar has 20) and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. It does not feed the bacteria that form plaques and cause dental cavities.
  • As a food additive glycerine is labelled as E number E422.
  • Recommended as an additive when using polyol sweeteners such as erythritol and xylitol which have a cooling effect, due to its heating effect in the mouth, if the cooling effect is not wanted.


  • beverage
    • Alcoholic Beverages
  • industrial
    • Surface Care
  • healthcare
    • Over the counter
    • Pharmaceutical products
  • food
    • Bakery
    • Dairy
    • Fruit preparations
    • Fruits
    • Ice Cream
    • Meat
    • Sauces
    • Seafood
    • Table Top Products
    • Vegetables

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