Mono- and diglycerides

Mono- and diglycerides consist of a mixture of glycerol esters containing one or two fatty acids, respectively. Glycerides function as fat storage molecules in plant oils and animal fats. They are primarily used in foods and dietary supplements to stabilize oil-in-water mixtures 1. Mono- and diglycerides are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in foods by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (21CFR184.1505) 2.


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.