Molecule of the Week

September 4, 2007

Glycerol

Glycerol (also called glycerin or glycerine) is an alcohol produced by the hydrolysis of triglycerides, or as a byproduct during the manufacture of soap and biodiesel. It absorbs water from the air, and it is used as a moisturizer in soaps and lotions. Glycerol has a sweet taste, and it can be used as a food preservative and a nonsugar sweetener.