Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin: A food ingredient

What the heck is this stuff and why is it in my lemonade?

I don’t exactly expect nothing but squeezed lemons, water and sugar from anything I buy in a bottle, even if it does say “made from real lemons” on the label, but this is taking the 100% all-natural ingredients just a wee bit too far.



Q: Waist Watcher Citrus Frost has Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin listed as one of the ingredients. What is it?

A: The glycerol ester of wood rosin is used as a stabilizer for flavoring oils in selected fruit-flavored beverages. This stabilizer weighs down the oils and keeps them in solution. The actual content of the glycerol ester of wood oil in our finished product is at no more than 100 parts per million. This concentration meets FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations. According to our flavor supplier, glycerol ester of wood rosin is one of the most natural of the approved FDA ingredients to perform as stabilizers in fruit-flavored beverages.