Monoglycerides are fats which, unlike the majority of fats which contain three fatty acids, contain a single fatty acid in their structure. Monoglycerides can occur naturally but are also synthetically produced for use in the food industry, where they act as emulsifiers, thickeners, extenders, and texture improvers.
No adverse effects have been associated with inclusion of monoglycerides in the diet as a food additive. As they are not traditional, triglyceride fats, products containing monoglycerides may be labelled as fat-free.
Monoglycerides may be derived from raw materials sourced from animals. Consumers should contact manufacturers if they have specific concerns with avoiding animal products.
Bread, peanut butter, chewing gum, ice cream, salad dressing, margarine, whipped topping, confections