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E310 Propyl gallate

Origin:
Synthesised from propanol and gallic acid, which is produced from plant tannins.

Function & characteristics:
Anti-oxidant in fatty products, especially added to prevent rancidity.

Products:
Used in many products, but use is restricted in foods. Widely used in cosmetics.

Acceptable Daily Intake:
Up to 1.4 mg/kg body weight.

Side effects:
It is degraded in the intestine to propanol and gallic acid. Gallic acid can cause eczema, stomach problems and hyperactivity.

Dietary restrictions:
Gallates can be used by all religious groups, vegans and vegetarians.

 



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