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October 1997 Issue

Mono - and Diglycerides: A Mouthful to Say, Not a Mouthful of Calories

Q. I see mono- and diglycerides listed on many processed foods. Aren't they fats? If so, don't they add fat and calories? A. From bread to frozen pizza, glycerides are ubiquitous in the world of packaged foods. But rest assured, they are safe and not a significant source of calories or fat, even though they are derived from fats. Mono- and diglycerides act primarily as emulsifiers, which means they maintain the consistency and

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