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GLYCERIN
(Vegetable Glycerine)


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    GLYCERIN DESCRIPTION

    Glycerin is sometimes referred to as glycerol. Glycerin is an organic compound of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen with the chemical formula C3H8O3.It is a colorless and odorless syrup that tastes sweet and is a byproduct of saponification -- the process of making soap or soap manufacturing from natural fats, such as vegetable oils. Generally, soap is made from fats interacting with lye, which is a strong alkaline substance and you can do this yourself to produce your own glycerin to make soap or to moisten your skin. Glycerin is an important compound and is widely used as ingredients in drugs and pharmaceuticals, food sweetening and in the paper and printing industry to make printing ink.

    It can be made from animal fat or, in the case of vegetable glycerin, vegetable oil. The source of the raw material does not affect the chemistry of the final product, but, since glycerin is widely used in foods and medications, this distinction is important for vegetarians.

    GLYCERIN STRUCTURE & PROPERTIES

    The compound consists of a chain of three carbon atoms, to which are attached hydrogen atoms on one side and hydroxyl (OH) groups on the other. The three OH groups form hydrogen bonds between molecules, giving the compound a syrup-like viscosity and allowing it to dissolve easily in water. Chemically speaking, glycerin is an alcohol, but for food purposes, it is classed in the USA as a carbohydrate by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), because it provides calories and is not a fat or a protein.

    AdPure glycerol does not crystallize easily, but it can be chilled to form a solid that melts at about 64.4°F. It lowers the freezing point of water, however, by an amount that depends on the concentration. For example, a 66.7-percent solution freezes at -51°F. For this reason, it can be used as non-toxic antifreeze and for storing sensitive liquids, such as enzymes, in laboratory freezers.

    GLYCERINE MANUFACTURE

    Glycerol forms the backbone of many lipids, or oils and fats, and there are various processes that can be used to extract it from these substances. Most glycerin is made as a by-product of the manufacture of soap. In this process, either animal fat or vegetable oil can be used. It is heated with a strong alkali, usually caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), which produces soap and a solution of glycerin in water. This solution is then purified by distillation.

    Vegetable glycerin can also be made directly from vegetable oil, often Coconut or Palm oil, by heating it to a high temperature under pressure with water. The glycerin backbone splits off from the fatty acids, and is absorbed by the water, from which it is then isolated and distilled to obtain the pure product. Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7-percent pure, with the remaining 0.3-percent being water.

    The interest in biodiesel fuel has resulted in the production of large amounts of low quality, non-food grade vegetable glycerin as a by-product. Purifying the liquid is not considered economically viable and it cannot be casually disposed of as it contains toxic methanol, which is used in the manufacturing process. As of 2013, there is much research into finding a use for this substance -- something that does not require high purity glycerin. One promising possibility is to use it as a precursor in the production of some useful plastics.





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    GLYCERIN USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    FOOD INDUSTRY

    Glycerin is widely used in the food industry for two main reasons: it has a sweet taste, but has fewer calories than sugar; and it is hygroscopic, that is, it absorbs moisture from the air. It is therefore used both to sweeten foods and to keep them moist. The compound is metabolized more slowly than sucrose -- the type of sugar most commonly found in candy and in processed foods -- and therefore does not have such a dramatic effect on blood sugar levels. It also does not contribute to bacterial tooth decay. It does not feed the bacteria that form plaques and cause dental cavities.

    In food and beverages, glycerol serves as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods (e.g., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs. Glycerol and water are used to preserve certain types of leaves. As a sugar substitute, it has approximately 27 kilocalories per teaspoon (sugar has 20) and is 60-percent as sweet as sucrose. As a food additive, glycerol is labeled as E number E422. It is added to icing (frosting) to prevent it setting too hard.

    Foods marketed as being low in carbohydrates are often sweetened with glycerin. Vegetable Glycerine has a sweet taste, and has a long shelf life as it is not easily oxidized. Vegetable Glycerine has a rich oily texture, but is water soluble. Because it is derived entirely from vegetable oil and pure, it is hypoallergenic and safe for food and cosmetic purposes. Vegetable Glycerine is a natural by-product of the cosmetic industry. It is often derived from Palm Oil and is 100% pure. Vegetable Glycerine is safe to use as a natural sweetener, and actually metabolizes slower than regular table sugar. Vegetable Glycerine is often used in low "net carb" products to retain moisture and sweetness. Glycerine is commonly used for this purpose in most protein bars so that the bars stay moist and chewy.

    As used in foods, glycerol is categorized by the American Dietetic Association as a carbohydrate. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carbohydrate designation includes all caloric macronutrients excluding protein and fat. Glycerol has a caloric density similar to table sugar, but a lower glycemic index and different metabolic pathway within the body, so some dietary advocates accept glycerol as a sweetener compatible with low carbohydrate diets.

    Although glycerine is a carbohydrate, it has a different metabolic effect on the body. Unlike typical carbohydrates, glycerine reportedly has minimal impact on blood sugar levels. You should still count the calories (4.3 calories per gram) you are consuming from this product, since even a low carbohydrate diet needs some calorie control, but you do not need to worry about disrupting ketosis because there is no evidence that glycerine effects blood sugar, which is the way that normal carbohydrates disrupt ketosis.

    COSMETICS INDUSTRY

    Another major use is in the cosmetics industry. Due to its hygroscopic properties, it is used in many moisturizing skin products, as it seems to help relieve dry skin problems by drawing water up from the lower layers. It is also a component of glycerin soap, which is often used by people with sensitive skin. Lotions containing this compound are also popular.

    Vegetable Glycerine has a rich, lubricating, oily texture, yet is easily soluble in water. And because it is derived entirely from vegetable oil, it is hypoallergenic and suitable for use in all of your favorite cosmetic applications. Its softening and moisturizing features are ideal for making your own facial and body care products, to give your skin a healthy glow.

    Glycerol is a component of glycerin soap. Essential oils are added for fragrance. This kind of soap is used by people with sensitive, easily irritated skin because it prevents skin dryness with its moisturizing properties. It draws moisture up through skin layers and slows or prevents excessive drying and evaporation.

    ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTE

    Vegetable glycerin can be used as a substitute for ethanol, the chemical commonly called alcohol, in making botanical extracts, such as herbal essences. It acts as a solvent that dissolves the substances of interest from the raw plant material. The advantage of this is that people who do not want to be exposed to alcohol can still have access to the botanical products. The disadvantage is that the resulting products have a much shorter shelf life.

    BOTANICAL EXTRACTS

    When utilized in 'tincture' method extractions, specifically as a 10-percent solution, glycerol prevents tannins from precipitating in ethanol extracts of plants (tinctures). It is also used as an 'alcohol-free' alternative to ethanol as a solvent in preparing herbal extractions. It is less extractive when utilized in a standard tincture methodology. Glycerol is approximately 30-percent more slowly absorbed by the body resulting in a much lower glycemic load.

    Alcohol-based tinctures can also have the alcohol removed and replaced with glycerol for its preserving properties. Such products are not 'alcohol-free' in either a scientific or consumable sense, but should in all instances more accurately be referred to as "Alcohol-Removed" products. Fluid extract manufacturers often extract herbs in hot water before adding glycerin to make glycerites.

    When used as a primary 'true' alcohol-free (e.g. no ethanol ever being used) botanical extraction solvent in innovative non-tincture based 'dynamic' methodologies, glycerol has been shown to possess a high degree of extractive versatility for botanicals including removal of numerous constituents and complex compounds, with an extractive power that can rival that of alcohol and water/alcohol solutions. That glycerol possesses such high extractive power assumes it is utilized with dynamic methodologies as opposed to standard passive 'tincturing' methodologies that are better suited to alcohol. Glycerol possesses the intrinsic property of not denaturing or rendering a botanical's constituents inert (as alcohols - i.e. ethanolic (grain) alcohol, methanolic (wood) alcohol, etc., do). Glycerol is a stable preserving agent for botanical extracts that, when utilized in proper concentrations in an extraction solvent base, does not allow inverting or reduction-oxidation of a finished extract's constituents, even over several years. Both glycerol and ethanol are viable preserving agents. Glycerol is bacteriostatic in its action, and ethanol is bactericidal in its action.

    MEDICAL USES

    There are also medical uses for vegetable glycerin. It is a common ingredient in cough mixtures, due to its soothing properties. Other applications are as a topical remedy for a number of skin problems, including psoriasis, rashes, burns, bedsores and cuts; as a laxative, in the form of suppositories; and to treat gum disease, as it inactivates the associated bacterial colonies.

    Glycerol suppositories are used as laxatives. Glycerol can be used as a laxative when introduced into the rectum in suppository or small-volume (2 to 10 ml) (enema) form; it irritates the anal mucosa and induces a hyperosmotic effect.

    Glycerol is used in medical and pharmaceutical and personal care preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and as a humectant. It is found in allergen immunotherapies, cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, soaps and water-based personal lubricants. In solid dosage forms like tablets, glycerol is used as a tablet holding agent. For human consumption, glycerol is classified by the U.S. FDA among the sugar alcohols as a caloric macronutrient.

    Taken orally (often mixed with fruit juice to reduce its sweet taste), glycerol can cause a rapid, temporary decrease in the internal pressure of the eye. This can be useful for the initial emergency treatment of severely elevated eye pressure.

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    HOMEMADE GLYCERIN & GLYCERIN SOAP

    Things You will Need
    • Safety gloves & goggles.
    • Lye.
    • Water.
    • Pot.
    • Salt.
    • Bowl.
    • Thermometer.
    • Soap mold.
    Instructions

    1. Take precautionary measures by protecting yourself from the harmful chemicals you will be subjected to such as the lye, which is corrosive. Use gloves when dealing with high temperatures for protection against heat.

    2. Measure 4 teaspoons of lye and pour it into a pot. Add into the pot 2 cups of vegetable oil along with 1 cup of water. You can buy lye from companies that deal with soap ingredients or make it yourself at home from wood ash and water.

    3. Begin heating the mixture and place a thermometer into the pot as you stir frequently. Continue heating the mixture for 20 minutes, until the reading on the thermometer is 125°F. Reduce the heat until the temperature drops to 100°F.

    4. Soak the mixture at this temperature (125°F) and stir for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat source after the mixture thickens and add 4 teaspoons of salt while still hot.

    5. Leave the mixture to cool while still and you should be able to observe soap forming at the top and glycerin at the bottom. Soap cannot dissolve in glycerin and that's why they appear as so. Separate the mixture by simply poring off the soap or skimming it off if you are not planning to use it again. You may mold glycerin in a desirable shape by using the soap mold then freezing it.





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