What are humectants?

What are they?

A humectant is a substance used primarily in foods (and cosmetics) to help retain moisture. A common humectant is sorbitol – a sweetener that can have a laxative effect in more than small quantities.

Where might you find them?

Shredded coconut, marshmallows, soft candies, confectionery.

What you may see on the label?

Glycerol (also known as Glycerine) (E422), Sorbitol...

 

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