What are Monoglycerides?

Monoglycerides also known as monoacylglycerol is a glyceride that consists of one fatty acid chain covalently bonded to a glycerol molecule through an ester linkage. [1]


Mono- and Diglycerides are commonly added to commercial food products in small quantities. They act as emulsifiers, helping to mix ingredients such as oil and water that would not otherwise blend well. [1]


Monoacylglycerols can be formed by both industrial chemical and biological processes. The commercial source may be either animal (cow- or hog-derived) or vegetable, and they may be synthetically made as well. [1]