Ice cream, sweeteners, soda, cake icing, dry cake mix, margarine, kibbles & Bits dog food and fat free salad dressings and sauces all have one thing in common. Do you know what it is?

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Hello blog readers of Girl of Grace. As you know I am usually the blogger that keeps it real and has a passion for health, veganism, blogging, bible journaling, cycling and social media.
The first thing I would like to say is when a person says something is approved by the FDA or the FDA says this or that, never listen to that. Are you trusting your health and your body to a bunch of people you don’t know. The FDA has not proved to be sound and reliable about anything. When you read this research you may say “Oh, well it is ok” but keep reading the scientific study. Why would you even chance it.
Make your birthday cake from scratch. Grab some eggs, flour, sugar and start baking.
You have a responsibility to yourself and your family to do research bout that you are putting in and on your body. I recently share about my new lotions and sin care regimen and how amazing my skin looks. I will share that in another post. This I felt was more important. So many people I know are eating these processed food items every day.
I am really strict. My husband would agree. I seldom ever veer off the tract. I never eat anything packaged. It’s way more that packaged foods. I hope you will do your own research and study.
Here is what is on my heart to share with you today.

Ice cream, sweeteners, soda, cake icing, dry cake mix, margarine, kibbles & Bits dog food and fat free salad dressings and sauces all have one thing in common. Do you know what it is?

These food items all contain a common chemical component found in Anti-Freeze!
They contain a chemical component called propylene glycol which is found in some processed foods.

Propylene Glycola liquid alcohol that is used as a solvent, in antifreeze, and in the food, plastics, and perfume industries.

Propylene glycol (often referred to as PG) is the third “product” in a chemical process beginning with propene, a byproduct of fossil fuel (oil refining and natural gas processing) and also found in nature as a byproduct of fermentation. Propene is converted to propylene oxide, a volatile compound used frequently in the creation process of polyurethane plastics (and to create propylene glycol). Propylene oxide is considered a “probable carcinogen.” Finally, through a hydrolyzation process (separating molecules by the addition of water), you get propylene glycol.

A colorless, creamy liquid, it’s classified by the chemical formula C3H8O2. Another name for it is “propane-1,2-diol,” which is sometimes used when listing it as a compound on ingredient labels. As it’s found in food as an additive (in the U.S., at least), the U.S. Department of Agriculture refers to it via the E-number E1520. It’s completely soluble in water, and one major purpose it serves is as a “vehicle” for topical products, such as lotions.

Propylene glycol is found in thousands of cosmetic products as well as a large number of processed foods products.


Statement from Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry


This Public Health Statement is the summary chapter from the Toxicological Profile for Propylene Glycol . It is one in a series of Public Health Statements about hazardous substances and their health effects. A shorter version, the ToxFAQsTM, is also available. This information is important because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present. For more information, call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-800-232- 4636. 

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.

How can propylene glycol ether enter and leave my body?


Propylene glycol can enter your bloodstream if you breathe air containing mists or vapors from this compound. It can also enter your bloodstream through your skin if you come in direct contact with it and do not wash it off. If you eat products that contain propylene glycol, it may enter your bloodstream. Exposure of the general population to propylene glycol is likely since many foods, drugs, and cosmetics contain it.

Propylene glycol breaks down in the body in about 48 hours. However, studies of people and animals show that if you have repeated eye, skin, nasal, or oral exposures to propylene glycol for a short time, you may develop some irritation.

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.


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This makes it useful in medicines, cosmetics, and food products. You also can find it in:

  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • disinfecting gel
  • shaving cream
  • fragrances

Propylene Glycol in Food

Propylene glycol can be used as a food additive. It’s also used during food processing, for example, when extracting vanilla from vanilla beans. But its most common use is as a humectant. Humectants are substances that keep food moist to prolong shelf life.

Despite its abundance, propylene glycol’s use in food raises concerns. This is primarily because of what else it’s associated with. Propylene glycol is used to make antifreeze, airplane de-icing fluid, and brake fluids. It’s also used to make polyester and paints, and can even be found in fog machines and e-cigarettes.

When you look at it that way, propylene glycol sounds like something you’d prefer to keep in your garage, not your kitchen.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given propylene glycol a “generally recognized as safe” designation and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) gives it a “no cancer” classification. But the U.S. allows for higher concentration than the European Union. In 2014, batches of Fireball Whisky had to be recalled in Europe because of the concentration of propylene glycol it contained.


I urge everyone to watch what you eat and do your own research. Live happily, stay healthy! Love your  life and your body.

Shelley Costello

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