Is there propylene glycol in vodka?
Propylene glycol is a chemical compound often used as an additive to products like food and cosmetics. You've likely heard of propylene glycol in the news because it's also one of the main ingredients in electronic cigarettes. Propylene glycol is safe for human consumption... but it does have its drawbacks!
The answer is, yes, but let’s back up a few steps to first explain what propylene glycol is
Propylene glycol is a colourless, odourless liquid that’s used in many different products. It’s a synthetic compound that has an almost infinite number of uses. Propylene glycol can be found in food and medicine to help prevent your body from absorbing toxins, and it’s also used in cosmetics and personal care products—even e-cigarettes!
Propylene glycol is commonly used as a food additive because it helps keep moisture content consistent while preventing spoilage by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. It also prevents clumping and sticking together when added to foods like frostings or salad dressings made with mayonnaise. Propylene glycol can also be found in beer as well as alcoholic beverages such as whiskey and gin.
Propylene glycol makes up somewhere between two to 20 percent of vodka
In order for vodka to come together, it needs water and alcohol. The majority of vodkas are made from grains or potatoes, which is where the water comes from. But if you're wondering why you'd need PG in your vodka, you're not alone—that's what we wondered too!
The answer lies in how you drink your booze. If you like your drinks straight up or on the rocks with no mixer (or even with club soda), then there's probably no need to worry about propylene glycol being introduced into your drink by accident. However, if you've ever mixed up a cocktail at home or ordered one at a bar and noticed that they taste pretty smooth and sweet—that's probably due to PG adding some flavour enhancement while still keeping things nice and clear so that all those beautiful colours pop out at once when they hit light sources like overhead lights or candlelight displays behind bars instead of getting washed out by all that sugar content.
Propylene glycol is an odourless and tasteless additive used in food and pharmaceutical products, as well as in things like makeup, shampoo and moisturizer. It’s also the main ingredient in e-cigarette liquid, and it’s been used for years in medical products such as lotions, toothpaste and deodorant because it has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
PG is used as a preservative in many foods that come in bottles or cans like beer, sodas and fruit juices to prevent bacteria from growing inside them. It also helps improve the shelf life of these liquids by holding back mould growth while they sit on store shelves waiting to be purchased by you!
The amount of PG used varies depending on what type of product it's added to; however most studies show that even small amounts can be absorbed into your body through your lungs when vaping which means you could experience some side effects such as headaches if you're particularly sensitive.
Is propylene glycol harmful?
Propylene glycol is used in many food and drink products, including some baked goods, pudding, ice cream and margarines. It's also found in medical products such as toothpaste, cough syrup and moisturizers.
It's sometimes also included in cigarettes to enhance flavor or add moisture to tobacco.
Propylene glycol is safe for humans when it is consumed orally (eaten) or taken by mouth. When inhaled into the lungs it can irritate membranes and cause coughing or wheezing when breathed out of the body.
In small amounts, propylene glycol is harmless for humans. It can be found in a multitude of items we consume on a daily basis like beer, soy milk, salad dressing and even some fruits (like avocados) are naturally high in propylene glycol. It is also considered safe if inhaled
Propylene glycol is used to keep food products moist and prevent them from spoiling, as well as helping to give foods their flavour and texture (for example the thick coating of fat that gives ice cream its creamy consistency). Propylene glycol helps preserve food by preventing bacteria from growing, which would otherwise break down the nutrients in your food over time.
We hope this has helped you understand what propylene glycol is, where it comes from, and why it’s used in food and drink. If you’re curious about other additives in your favorite beverages (or if you want to read about one more thing we love about vodka), be sure to check out our article on how to make the perfect martini! For more info on PG see our blog.