10 Things to Know About Propyl Gallate

1. Propyl Gallate is an artificial food additive, that is also used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

2. It is a whitish crystalline powder.

3. You may find propyl gallate in meat products, microwaveable popcorn, soup mixes, chewing gum, mayonnaise, and frozen meals.

4. It has antioxidant properties, which means it helps stop oxygen molecules from mixing with the oil in food, causing the food to go rancid.

5. Propyl gallate is also denoted E310.

6. Some studies on rats have shown that propyl gallate may cause cancer.

7. Other side effect of consumption are stomach and skin irritability, as well as allergic reactions that impact breathing. It may also cause kidney and liver problems.

9. In some cases, to improve its efficacy, propyl gallate is used in conjunction with 2 other preservatives – BHA and BHT – which are also suspect as carcinogenic.

10. Although the FDA considers propyl gallate safe, in other countries it is either banned or very limited in use.

What to do at the supermarket:

Propyl Gallate is not a super popular additive. Go over the ingredient list of suspect products and try to avoid foods that contain it.

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  • Christel

    Thank you!!! awesome summary and it answered all my questions :)

    • Professor Stephens

      Yes Christel, by all means, just accept the above as fact without cross referencing other credible sources, which contain some opposing conclusions.Not saying, necessarily, that this is the case here, but in general the internet is full of misinformation easily found with a Google search.

      • 33 on HIGH

        Thank you professor propaganda! Did you go to school in HOLLYWOOD? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlesclarkson Charles Clarkson

    6. “In extensive laboratory research on propyl gallate, scientists have found toxicity in rats only when raising levels to 70 to 200 times the approved amount.”

    7. “Adverse effects are rare.”

    8. There is no number 8. Did you leave it out?

    9 & 10. “Nevertheless, all three additives [propyl gallate, BHA ad BHT ] are accepted as safe by most countries.”

    source: http://www.ehow.com/about_4672073_what-propyl-gallate.html

    • 33 on HIGH

      How much do you weigh if I may ask? God Bless American food for making you look like yourself.

  • Kyle DeBruhl

    For more information on the relative toxicity, effect on hepatocytes and cell viability of BHA in Rats check out this study: http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/58/2/431.full

  • Roy

    PG may have caused my wife Ellen to have a Grand Maul seizure.