By now, we’ve all heard about the many ways you can use vegetable glycols in cooking and baking, but there’s one that you may not know about: vegetable glyceryl alcohol.
In a 2014 study in the journal Nature, researchers showed that glycerol is capable of causing cancer in laboratory animals.
It turns out that the glycerine in the glyceryls actually causes the cancerous cells to die.
Now, this doesn’t mean that glycerylene is totally safe.
If you have a cancerous tumor, glyceryl alcohol can actually inhibit growth of the cancer cells, which means that you might not be able to take advantage of the benefits of glycerl alcohol without risking other, more serious health problems.
You can’t use glycerolyls to make wine, for example.
Glycerolyls also have a few bad side effects, including nausea and vomiting, which you should know about.
And glycerols are toxic.
A 2010 study in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that high levels of glyceryloronitrile (glycerol) in a pet food could cause liver cancer.
This finding led researchers to propose a glycero-alcohol-based food additive, called glycerobethylcellulose (GBC), which they believe will provide the same cancer-fighting properties.
Unfortunately, GBC is also a carcinogen, which is why GBC’s manufacturer, Cargill, has yet to issue a formal warning about its safety.
For more information on glyceranol, check out the following articles: “Dietary Glycerol Is Actually Bad for You: New Study Finds” “How Does Glyceranol Work?”
“Glycerol: What Are the Health Effects?”