Ascorbyl palmitate is a fat-soluble form of Vitamin C produced from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid. It is used primarily as an antioxidant in commercial food production. Ascorbyl palmitate is also sold as a nutritional supplement. Ascorbyl palmitate is particularly poular in breads where it maintains softness and prevents fats from becoming rancid.
Vitamin C enhances absorption of iron, so inclusion of ascorbyl palmitate as an antioxidant in iron-containing breads may increase uptake of iron. Ascorbyl palmitate is evaluated as safe, and considered acceptable for use across food agencies.
Bread, crackers, cookies, cakes, processed foods, snack foods
E304, Vitamin C palmitate