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.