Other names:α-Propylene glycol,1.2-Propanediol,1.2-Dihydroxypropane,Methyl ethyl glycol,Methylethylene glycol
- Anti-caking agent: It helps prevent food components from sticking to one another and forming clumps, such as in dried soups or grated cheese
- Carrier: It dissolves other food additives or nutrients to be used in processing, such as colors, flavors or antioxidants.
- Dough strengthener: It modifies the starches and gluten in dough to make it more stable.
- Emulsifier: It prevents food ingredients from separating, such as oil and vinegar in salad dressing.
- Moisture preserver: It helps foods maintain a stable level of moisture and stops them from drying out. Examples include marshmallows, coconut flakes and nuts.
- Processing aid: It is used to enhance the appeal or the use of a food, for example, to make a liquid clearer.
- Stabilizer and thickener: It can be used to hold food components together or thicken them during and after processing.
- Texturizer: It can change the appearance or mouthfeel of a food.