So, while conducting our leaven purge in preparation for Pesach, we stumbled upon this little revelation! What does antifreeze, corexit and cake mix have in common? You will be shocked: Propylene glycol. If you don’t know what it is…. go here to read about it. Here are excerpts from the Wikipedia article:
Propylene glycol is a component in newer automotive antifreezes and de-icers used at airports. … The chemical makes up 1-5% of the oil dispersant Corexit, used in great quantities during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Corexit has come under scrutiny for probable adverse effects on marine life and humans that are exposed to it. Propylene glycol has also come under scrutiny, as it is the chemical that disperses Corexit and the oil to subsurface depths
Summary: Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified propylene glycol as an additive that is “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. It is used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in certain medicines, cosmetics, or food products. It is a solvent for food colors and flavors, and in the paint and plastics industries. Propylene glycol is also used to create artificial smoke or fog used in fire-fighting training and in theatrical productions. Other names for propylene glycol are 1,2-dihydroxypropane, 1,2-propanediol, methyl glycol, and trimethyl glycol. Propylene glycol is clear, colorless, slightly syrupy liquid at room temperature. It may exist in air in the vapor form, although propylene glycol must be heated or briskly shaken to produce a vapor. Propylene glycol is practically odorless and tasteless.
So why is it in our Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker cake mixes? Apparently the FDA doesn’t see a problem with this being consumed.
The Pesach leaven search is so good for us… for many reasons, as you see! What a blessing!
Until next time… Shalom!!!