It is an oily, colourless alcohol, derived by decomposition of natural fats with alkalis. It is used in flexible coatings on sausages and cheeses, also in crystallised and dried fruit, liqueurs and vodka, marshmallows, soft drinks, desserts, confectionary, tooth paste, etc.
Glycerine has been shown to protect against DNA damage induced by tumour promoters, ultraviolet lights and radiation, presumably via free radical scavenging. However, large quantities can cause headaches, thirst, nausea and high blood sugar levels.
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