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Acronym for diacetyltartaric acid esters of monoglycerides. See monoglyceride.


Commercial source: vegetable.
Used in: baked goods, confectionery, beverages.
Definition: A granulated brown rice sweetener.

Product information: DevanSweet, the creator and manufacturer of DevanSweet, reports that no animal products are used in making it


Also known as: glucose, corn sugar.
Commercial source: vegetable. An animal (cow bone) filter may be used in its processing.
Exists in: plants and honey.
Used in: corn syrup, processed foods, beverages, confectionery, baked goods, breakfast cereals.
Definition: A simple sugar which functions as a sweetener in foods and drinks.
Typically Vegetarian

diatomaceous earth

Also known as: kieselguhr.
Commercial source: vegetable.
Definition: A substance composed of algae which is used as a filter in the production of certain waxes, including carnauba, candelilla, and beeswax.


Commercial source: vegetable or animal (cow- or hog derived).
Used in: bakery products, ice cream, beverages, chewing gum, shortening, margarine, peanut butter, confections, whipped toppings.
Definition: A common food additive which is used in conjunction with monoglycerides, the latter of which are used to blend together ingredients (such as oil and water) which normally do not blend together.
Typically Vegan

disodium inosinate

Commercial source: mineral-fungal, mineral-vegetable, mineral-animal (meat or fish extract).
Used in: powdered soups, spreads, sauces, canned vegetables.
Definition: A common flavor enhancer.
Typically Vegan


Used in: petroleum refining and extractions of substances from natural sources.
Definition: A procedure used to separate the components of a mixture.

distilled vinegar

Also known as: white vinegar, white distilled vinegar, spirit vinegar, grain vinegar.
Commercial source: vegetable.
Used in: mayonnaise, salad dressing.
Definition: A common flavoring and preservative made by the fermentation of distilled alcohol.

dough conditioner

Also known as: dough strengthener, yeast food.
Commercial source: Typically mineral. May be derived from animal, vegetable, or synthetic sources.
Examples:: benzoyl peroxide, potassium bromate, calcium sulfate, glyceryl monostearate, monocalcium sulfate, locust (carob) bean gum.
Definition: An additive used to make dough easier to handle and more palatable.
Typically Vegetarian

drying agent

Commercial source: Typically vegetable.
Used in: chewing gum.
Examples: specially dried cornstarch, anhydrous dextrose.
Definition: A food additive which absorbs moisture from other food ingredients.
Typically Vegetarian