Synthesised from octanol and gallic acid, which is produced from plant tannins.
Function & characteristics:
Anti-oxidant in fatty products, especially added to prevent rancidity.
Oils and fats, margarine, etc.
Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 0.5 mg/kg body weight.
It is degraded in the intestine to octanol and gallic acid. Gallic acid can cause eczema, stomach problems and hyperactivity.
Gallates can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.
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