What is Ethanol?
Ethanol is the alcohol fit for human consumption mainly because is a pure organic compound i.e., is free of additives. Food-grade ethanol is roughly 95:5 ethanol to water and is made from fermenting starches. Ethanol is a solvent universally used to distribute food coloring and enhance natural flavor. In fact, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only classes food flavorings as food extracts if they are ethanol-based. Ethanol is a flavor-enhancing solvent. Much of taste perception is due to smell. The oral aroma molecules responsible for smell are released while chewing food. Ethanol, compared to water, is better at keeping aroma molecules trapped in liquids. Additionally, ethanol can dissolve water-soluble and water-insoluble organic substances, making it a versatile solvent. These qualities, its antimicrobial properties, and ability to improve the color and consistency of foods make ethanol one of the most ubiquitous additives in the food market.
Acceptable – in very low amounts – as a food additive.
Ethanol is naturally occurring in many foods, and we all carry a microscopic amount in our blood, even if we do not ingest it.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Ethanol?
As a food additive: N/A if no allergies are present. In higher doses, (as in alcoholic beverages, it can cause intoxication.
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